Disinfo: The Ukrainian people is trained to become Nazis

Summary

If you’re not a Nazi, you’re not a Ukrainian. This is cruel experiment on a entire people. And the people does unfortunately not realise or feel this.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi Ukraine. All manifestations of Nazism are banned in Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada, at its meeting on 9 April 2015, adopted the law “On the Condemnation of the Communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda of their symbols”. The document recognises that communist and national socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine are criminal and prohibits the public use and propaganda of their symbols. The Nazi totalitarian regime at legislative level is recognised in Ukraine as pursuing a policy of state terror. See a similar case from this week here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 50
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/11/2016
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Nazi/Fascist
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Russian political talk shows is good journalism

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Disproof

In World Press Freedom Index 2016 Russia ranks 148 out of 180 countries rsf.org/en/ranking/2016, According to the Freedom House report 2016, Russia was deemed "not free" freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press/2016/russia, : "The main national news agenda is firmly controlled by the Kremlin. The government sets editorial policy at state-owned television stations, which dominate the media landscape and generate propagandistic content. The country’s more than 400 daily newspapers offer content on a wide range of topics but rarely challenge the official line on important issues such as corruption or foreign policy. Meaningful political debate is mostly limited to weekly magazines, news websites, some radio programs, and a handful of newspapers." This represents a significant deterioration: in 2002, Russia was still deemed partly free: freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press/2002/russia, For background see: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17840134, https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/research/files/Market%2520and%2520political%2520factors%2520and%2520the%2520Russian%2520media%2520-%2520Katja%2520Lehtisaari.pdf Updated 20 February 2018.

The European Parliament equates the Russian media with the propaganda of Daesh

The European Parliament’s resolution on anti-EU propaganda from Russia and Islamist terrorist groups equates the Russian media with the propaganda of Daesh.

Disproof

The resolution stresses that the EU needs to counter disinformation campaigns and propaganda from third states, such as Russia, and non-state actors, like Daesh, Al-Qaeda and other violent jihadi terrorist groups. There is a clear distinction between these. The resolution also describes the differences.

There is no independent media in the West, only propaganda

There is no independent media in the West, everything is propaganda.

Disproof

There are standards by which quality journalism is measured and to which professional journalists adhere. Those standards exclude receiving instructions from the government on what to write and what not to write; forging pictures and faking testimony; or being awarded military medals for reporting in the way the government wants, . // The 2016 World Press Freedom Index gives EU member States an average ranking of 33rd out of 180 countries, with five EU countries in the world's top 10 for press freedom. In contrast, Russia ranks 148 out of 180 countries. This represents a significant deterioration: in 2001, Russia was deemed partly free and ranked 60th.