Kremlin Watch Briefing: The EU has to start taking pro-Kremlin disinformation seriously

Kremlin Watch Briefing: The EU has to start taking pro-Kremlin disinformation seriously

START TAKING PRO-KREMLIN DISINFORMATION SERIOUSLY Open Letter by European Security Experts to the President of the European Commission J. C. Juncker and the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini The European Commission continues to fail to deliver a practical response to pro-Kremlin disinformation. We have published an open letter signed by over 60 security experts from 20 countries that calls for the following: As the Commission is about to

Wave of disinformation from the Azov Sea

By EU vs Disinfo The main wave of disinformation narratives this week is unsurprisingly connected to the attack on Ukrainian ships near the Azov Sea. But let’s not rush straight into the examples. Instead, let’s filter them using the approach created by Ben Nimmo. According to him, Russian propaganda largely relies on four tactics: to distort, distract, dismiss and dismay. The stories published by Russia Today have clear signs of distorting the facts as they state that

Mythbusters: International workshop on countering disinformation

How disinformation works in Central Europe? How to distinguish facts from opinions ?  The workshop will focus on disinformation and various techniques and tools for fact-checking. The program is designed for university students and fresh graduates interested in journalism. When? 13 December, 15:00-19:00 Where? Mohyla School of Journalism,  Voloska 8/5, Kyiv This workshop is free of change and will be held in English. Please register online: AGENDA 15:00 – chooses ‘Misinformation’ as word of the year

By VoANews Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen Monday as‘s word of the year on the tattered coattails of “toxic,” picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times. Jane Solomon, a linguist-in-residence at Dictionary, said in a recent interview that her site’s choice of “mis” over “dis” was deliberate, intended to serve as a “call to action” to be vigilant in the

Figure of the Week: 1

Источник: EU vs Disinfo The French parliament has adopted a bill aiming to crack down on the “manipulation of information” during election periods. The draft law, initiated by President Emmanuel Macron, calls for increased scrutiny of online platforms and foreign TV channels in the three months that precede elections. If the bill becomes law – it was rejected twice by the Senate earlier this year — tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter will have

Russian coast guard rams Ukrainian tugboat, official denies ramming is ‘a tactic’

By Polygraph Dmitry Belik State Duma Deputy from Russian-occupied Crimea “Unlike Ukraine, we don’t drag our military into adventures and do not shirk international law. And if Ukraine indicated its position, pushing it into international waters, then it shouldn’t make loud statements about ‘ramming, attacks, provocations.’ Moreover, our vessels have moved far ahead in their technological development, we do not use ramming as a tactic.” Source: RIA Novosti FALSE Video

Disinfo Analysis: The ‘Moldovan Maidan’ – How Russian Media Created an Alternative Reality

By Polygraph “Romania is preparing a Maidan to destroy Moldova,” read the headline in the popular Russian newspaper Vzglyad on March 16, 2018. “Maidan” is a reference to Independence Square in Ukraine’s capitol Kyiv, the site of the key protests that brought down the country’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2014. In Russia, “Maidan” has a negative connotation, while in the rest of the world it is the symbol of Ukraine’s pro-European

Fake: Ukraine Shells Occupied Donbas after Kerch Strait Attack

Against the background of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in the Black Sea and the seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels together with a crew of 23, Russia’s propaganda machine churned out a series of fake stories about an escalation of fighting in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. RIA Novosti,, Vzglyad, Snob and even those who position themselves as liberal and independent such as Dozhd all unquestioningly disseminated a fake

The Double White Lines of Russian Journalism

By EU vs Disinfo In Russia, the “red lines” which define the limits to what journalists can write or say, are often referred to as the “double white lines”. Like in traffic, if media outlets cross the double white lines, they put themselves in danger and may be punished. Novaya Gazeta vs. the trolls Two weeks ago, we described how the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta was targeted with harassment and intimidation ahead

Edward Lucas: How to respond to Moscow’s Azov escalation

By Edward Lucas, for CEPA Once again, Russia has pushed the line in Ukraine. Here’s how the West should have reacted after Azov. Imagine that it is September 1st 1939. German troops have just attacked Poland. Should the outside world (a) call for calm, (b) denounce Hitler’s aggression, or (c) help Poland? Seen from a modern perspective, the answer is clear. Pre-war Poland, although far from perfect, was the innocent party

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