Disinfo: Western mainstream media lack objectivity


There is a dependency and a lack of objectivity in Western mainstream media. According to them, Putin is guilty of everything.


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.


  • Reported in: Issue 50
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Czech, English
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, West, Vladimir Putin


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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