Lavrov: West is blocking chemical weapons inspections in Syria — Not True

Lavrov: West is blocking chemical weapons inspections in Syria — Not True

By Polygraph Sergei Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister Commenting on the chemical attack that allegedly took place on Syrian territory, Lavrov noted that ‘such situations have happened in the past — 2016, Khan-Sheikhoun, 2017, East Ghouta.’ As the minister recalled, in the first case Russia insisted on an OPCW inspection, but ‘Western colleagues blocked the inspectors’ way’.” Source: TV Zvezda FALSE It is Russia and the Syrian regime who block OPCW

Countering information influence activities: A handbook for communicators

By RIB-Meny The handbook aims to assist and support communication specialists in public administration to identify, analyse and counter information influence activities in order to mitigate their impact on society. A central principle for all activities described in this handbook is that they always comply with Swedish laws and principles on freedom of expression and freedom of the press, on which our democracy is founded. This publication is also available

Is there really data that heavy Facebook use caused…erm, is correlated with…erm, is linked to real-life hate crimes?

Plus: Does all our yammering about fake news make people think real news is fake? By Shan Wang, for NiemanLab The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Study says heavy Facebook use is linked to more hate crimes against asylum seekers in Germany. Wait,

#PackOfLies: How Moldova protects itself against disinformation

By Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis Though Moldova is daily bombarded by huge amounts of disinformation, there are active groups in the country working on disclosing and countering propaganda. They not only seek to expose to the society a range of different lies spread but also teach how to fight disinformation. Three main initiatives, working on disclosing and fighting propaganda, operate in the country. One of the best-known initiatives is

Manipulation: Czech Republic Does Not Want to Accept Migrants Because of Ukraine

Scores of Russian media featured manipulative stories this week claiming Ukrainians are the reason for the Czech Republic refusing to accept migrants from Syria and other African countries.  Izvestia, Russia Today, Sputnik, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Channel 5, Argumenty I Fakty all featured stories with these fake claims. Russian publications refer to Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s Radio Praga (Czech Radio) interview which he gave prior to a meeting on illegal migration

Kremlin Watch Briefing: US and European elections – how to protect them?

Topics of the Week Ilya Zaslavskiy: Israel should acknowledge the threat of the Kremlin’s hostile influence and act accordingly. Are the US midterms already in jeopardy? RT is fond of Trump, but not so much the United States. Robotrolling: Russian-language messages about the Baltics and Poland mainly produced by humans for the first time Good Old Soviet Joke A foreign correspondent asks a Czech citizen: “What’s the situation after Prague Spring? Are the Russians your

Russian analyst belittles American LNG potential in a ‘gas war’ over Europe

By Polygraph Sergei Savchuk RIA Novosti Contributor “As of today, the number of all liquefied natural gas plants in the United States is precisely…one. It’s located in the state of Louisiana, its name is Sabine Pass and the American company ExxonMobil is a shareholder.” Source: RIA Novosti FALSE There are two operational liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in the United States, with more coming on stream soon. Cheniere Energy’s LNG

Figure of the week: 93

By EU vs Disinfo As many as 93 percent of messages about vaccines posted on Twitter between 2014 and 2017 came from malicious accounts, including accounts operated by Russian trolls. The findings were published by researchers at George Washington University as part of a new study titled “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate.” Researchers examined a random sample of almost 1.8 million tweets collected

Russian Embassy tweets misleading photo about Syria

By Polygraph Twitter Account of Russia’s Embassy in South Africa Official Russian Foreign Ministry social media account “Russian Defence Ministry: English-speaking ‘foreign specialists’ have arrived in #Syria to attempt staging chlorine chemical attack early this week. Latest intel indicates the hoax is planned to take place in the village of Kafr Zita (Hama province) #HoaxAlert” Source: Twitter FALSE The photo is of the set of a Syrian government film. On

Kremlin’s distortions of history keep Russians in the dark

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews). for StopFake The Kremlin not only writes its own version of current events such as the downing of MH17 and Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but also strives actively to promote a very different – and extremely distorted – version of history. Most disturbingly, Stalin has been rehabilitated as a great war leader, while his reign of tyranny is downplayed. Another one of the

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