Disinfo: When it comes to Russia, Europe does not adhere to values

Summary

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe coolly responded to the situation around Sputnik Estonia. When it comes to Russia, Europe does not consider it necessary to adhere to values. Europeans most likely understand that this is a part of big politics. A big process, and not just a whim of the Estonian authorities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the undemocratic EU and on the failed European values. As well as a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's deliberate anti-Russian activities and double standards. The message also contents a narrative about big conspiracy, claiming that there is a shadow policy towards Russia, and countries obediently follow that.

During the PACE winter session, the executive director of Russia Today and editor-in-chief of Sputnik Estonia claimed that there is no freedom of speech in Estonia, there is total censorship.

However, in resolution N2317, the Assembly noted that the Russian Federation should "address the problem of violence against journalists, including murders, physical attacks
and threats, arrests, imprisonment, on-line harassment", "prevent police violence against journalists, as has happened during July-August 2019 demonstrations in Moscow" and "review the terms of reference of the Russian federal media regulator, Roskomnadzor, to limit its excessive power in the monitoring and censorship of the media, including on-line media; the blocking of independent media outlets without any warning or explanation, as recently happened to the Fergana news website, is an action amounting to censorship that is incompatible with the freedom of the media".

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Estonia
  • Keywords: European values, Freedom of speech, Media, Europe, Sputnik

Disclaimer

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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