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Western media have a list of individuals and organisations to target with defamatory campaigns

Summary of Disinformation

The Western media have a list of individuals and organisations against whom they run defamatory campaigns, disregarding basic rules and standards of journalist ethics. The list includes Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, Victor Orban, the Alternative for Germany, Rosneft, and others.

Disproof

This conspiracy is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western media outlets as subservient to Western political elites.

Reputable western media do not run coordinated campaigns against specific individuals or organisations on someone's orders. A high degree of media freedom in Western countries is reflected in the top ranks these countries occupy in respective world rankings including the World Press Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders.

See an earlier case alleging that The Guardian is controlled by MI6.

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Reported in: Issue 148
Date: 29.04.2019
Language: Belarus
Country: The West
Keywords: Viktor Orban, Mainstream media, Donald Trump, Media, Vladimir Putin, Conspiracy, Bashar al-Assad
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Belarus
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