Disinfo: The West is using "combating disinformation" as a cover for censorship in an Orwellian spirit

Summary

We see how the West constantly and persistently tightens its censorship of freedom of expression, while calling it in the spirit of George Orwell’s dystopia “combating disinformation.” This applies to opposing channels abroad, such as RT, or internal opponents. The ban was not limited to tens of thousands of Trump supporters in social networks only, but in entire media outlets that have come under siege, and even social networks, such as Parler, which are well-known to the American opposition, are also closed.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the article’s claims. The article repeats a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the effort to fight disinformation is really aimed at censoring information that is unwelcome to Western governments and at silencing critics of dominant Western narratives.

The article’s messages are consistent with the broad pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberal democratic societies by claiming that the latter are totalitarian systems ruled by “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” which persecute anyone who expresses views that dissent from dominant “politically correct” liberal-globalist thinking. Disinformation (including Pro-Kremlin disinformation and malign influence campaigns) is not an imaginary problem used to justify censorship, but is an issue of genuine concern for many governments around the world, because it represents a threat to a nation’s security and stability, as well as to democratic governance.

The European Union as a whole, is committed to respecting the freedom and pluralism of the media as well as the right to freedom of expression - which includes the right to receive and impart information without interference by public authorities. This commitment is enshrined in Article 11 of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Read similar claims that the EU Commission and the EU Parliament wish to censor views skeptical of Western governments, that Western governments impose censorship and silence dissidents, that the West cannot cope with freedom of opinion and imposes censorship.

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  • Reported in: Issue 232
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Russia Today (RT), West, Freedom of speech, Media
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Navalny is a NATO agent, provoking a colour revolution in Russia

What makes Navalny so dangerous isn’t that he’s a “pro-Western liberal, anti-migrant nationalist, or political opportunist” like RT described him, but that he’s attempting to mislead dissatisfied people — and increasingly even children — into breaking the law by exploiting their frustrations with the state of affairs. The content of his political platform isn’t as bad as the means through which he’s seeking to implement it. This NATO agent is manipulating people for the purpose of provoking a Colour Revolution, hoping that the authorities’ legally justified but sometimes forceful response to his illegal protests can be decontextualized, misreported, and then weaponized to incite a self-sustaining cycle of unrest.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny and popular protests as staged operations by foreign powers. Similar claims can be found here on Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Hong Kong and, now, Russia.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation often targets Russian opposition figures accusing them of being agents of Western intelligence services. There is no basis to claims that Navalny has connections with foreign intelligence. He has been charged with mock accusations on embezzlement in trials. The European Court of Human Rights have concluded that the trial were politically motivated. The European Union has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.

In Europe, the state has the right to attack families

Europe and the West has embarked on the path of the brutal concept of Children’s Rights, and the state has received the right to intrude in family matters. This is very strange from the background of the liberal concept of freedom.

People say that the Soviet Union was a bad totalitarian state. But in the USSR families were never attacked as now in Europe or America under the pretext of children’s rights. To whom are those children handed over? In what families to they end up? What if they are given to paedophiles or other perverts.

Disproof

An unfounded claim, consistent with a trope, suggesting that European governments have the rights to "steal children" from their families, and, potentially, handing them over to "perverts". Similar stories can be found here and here.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges national authorities to protect children from violence. This convention is signed and ratified by Russia and all EU Member States.

The Western Navalny project to destabilise Russia has failed

Today, we can actually speak of the complete failure of the Navalny project, orchestrated by the West, to destabilise Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny. The claim that Navalny is somehow used by the West and foreign special services for the political destabilisation of Russia is disinformation.

Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin. His candidacy in the 2018 presidential election was banned by authorities over his conviction by a Russian court for embezzlement, which bars him from running for office. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times during his political career.