Disinfo: There is a total censorship in Swedish media

Summary

[Swedish] media connect the recent outbreaks of crime with clashes between criminal gangs, but never write a single word about the migrants, who are to blame for Sweden’s descent into chaos. The total censorship of Swedish media stops the citizens of the country from expressing their views in the press.

Disproof

Swedish media are not censored. Any issue, including migration, is addressed in the press. Sweden has the world's oldest legislation on the freedom of the speech. Crime is, as in any country, an issue dealt with by the judiciary, and the root causes of crime is very much discussed in Swedish media. Official Swedish statistics show that the crime rate in Sweden is relatively low and at a stable level.

Sweden is regularly targeted by pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts, displaying a narrative on the country "descending into chaos", due to migration and "perversions".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Sweden
  • Keywords: migration, Western values
  • Outlet: RIA FAN
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The US tried to organize a colour revolution in Belarus against Russia

It was not Minsk who initiated Belarus-US confrontation. The withdrawal of US embassy from Belarus [in 2008] was a response to US attempts to overthrow Belarusian authorities, to destabilize the situation, and to wage a colour revolution. Americans are closely following contradictions in Belarus-Russia relations. The Ukrainian case showed very well that the US would like to engage in a confrontation with Russia until the last Ukrainian soldier without giving much in return to Ukraine.

Disproof

This disinformation message follows recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, and about Ukraine as Western puppet used to fight Russia.

The US and other Western countries have never staged a colour revolution in Belarus or any other country. Belarusian authorities expelled US ambassador in 2008 in response to US sanctions introduced for the rigged presidential elections in Belarus and poor human rights record.

The coronavirus was stolen from Canada by Chinese spies

The coronavirus was stolen from the Canadian laboratory NML by Chinese spies.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the coronavirus.

The laboratory NML, which is part of the federal Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), told AFP by email that “this is disinformation. (These) statements made on social networks have no factual basis."

Poland and Nazi Germany were in close alliance

The alliance relations between Poland and Nazi Germany were so close that Hitler ordered the organization of a religious service in Berlin after Pilsudski’s death, and Hitler was personally present at that service.

Disproof

This message is a recurring pro-Kremlin historical revisionist narrative and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that Poland was a Nazi ally, so it should blame itself. While it is true that Hitler organized a religious service after Piłsudski's death, and while it is also true that the latter's rule was authoritarian, none of this is evidence that there was an alliance between Poland and Nazi Germany.

Before WWII, Poland had tense political relations with Nazi Germany, which expressed open territorial claims to Poland (revision of the status of the Free City of Danzig and control over the “Polish Corridor”). Despite intense political pressure from Hitler, Poland consistently refused to become part of the Nazi block.