Iran’s state media distort Western news coverage of rare Khamenei sermon

Iran’s state media distort Western news coverage of rare Khamenei sermon

By Michael Lipin, Mehdi Jedinia, for VoANews Iranian state media have given a distorted view of Western news coverage of a rare public sermon by Iran’s supreme leader, ignoring how Western outlets highlighted perceived shortcomings in his responses to domestic problems. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, giving a sermon at the capital’s Grand Mosque. The longtime supreme leader has limited such

Sputnik: Revising history one infographic at a time

By EU vs Disinfo Every year on the 13th of January, Lithuania commemorates the events of 1991 when Soviet forces attempted to crush the country’s recently re-established independence. On that winter night, Soviet troops, still garrisoned in the capital city of Vilnius, attacked its radio and television centre, killing civilians who had congregated there to form a human shield. More than a dozen people lost their lives, and hundreds more

Kseniya Kirillova: The reasoning for Putin’s high approval ratings among Russian diaspora

By Kseniya Kirillova, for GEO’ Many researchers both in Russia and abroad note a high level of support for present-day Russian politics and Vladimir Putin personally among émigré community. There are no exact sociological studies on this subject, since it’s rather difficult to define the very concept of “diaspora”. In particular, some emigrants from Russia or the former Soviet Union are so assimilated in the new country that they practically

How ’fake news’ and disinformation were spread in the run-up to Taiwan’s presidential elections

By New Bloom, for Global Voices This post first appeared in the online magazine New Bloom on January 6, 2020, before the presidential election took place in Taiwan. This edited version is being republished on Global Voices under a content partnership agreement. There are two dissemination channel categories: online and offline Puma Shen (沈伯洋), assistant professor at the National Taipei University’s Graduate School of Criminology and director of the Taiwan-based

Russian bots are just today’s slacktivists

By Jonas Kaiser, for NiemanLab “Scrambling to understand what had happened, we were looking for answers, and misinformation was the prime suspect: as flashy as it was intuitive, as paternalistic as it was elitist, and it absolved us from responsibility, giving us a clear culprit.” Jonas Kaiser Remember slacktivists? Does Kony 2012 or when Unicef asked people to give money, not likes, ring a bell? In the late 2000s, more

Fake: ‘Bloody Canadian Mercenaries’ Appear in Donbas

The police of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic announced on January 12 that they had seen Canadian mercenaries in Stanytsia Luhanska, a town in eastern Ukraine near the contact line between Ukrainian and Russian separatist controlled territory. “Ruthless Canadian mercenaries from private military companies have come to kill in Luhansk” declared the pro-Kremlin publication Russkaya Vesna – Russian Spring. These claims are not supported by any evidence and the OSCE

Fake: Ukrainian Plane Shot Down in Iran Because Iranian Nuclear Physicists Were on Board

Russian media have come up with many versions as to why a Ukrainian passenger jet was brought down by missiles in Iran earlier this month. Aside from blaming the United States directly for the crash, other versions include American spies and American drones, secret use of electronic jamming in order to set up Iran, and even arms smuggling through Ukraine. A most recent version of why the plane was shot

Fighting misinformation requires journalism, not secret algorithms

“Watching Silicon Valley exercise news judgment has been like watching Walter Cronkite try to write code in Python.” L. Gordon Crovitz By L. Gordon Crovitz, for NiemanLab Every journalistic enterprise these days must have technological competence — which is why news companies increasingly rely on technology companies to keep their products up to speed. The year 2020 will test the inverse: Will technology companies finally rely on journalists to help

Subverting NATO from within

By Janusz Bugajski, for CEPA Unable to Prevent NATO Enlargement, Moscow Is Intensifying Its Campaign to Subvert Alliance Members From Within.   President Vladimir Putin views NATO as the main threat to Russia’s expansionism and has calculated that infiltration and disinformation are a cheaper and more effective means to undermine Western unity than a military confrontation that would expose Russia’s weaknesses. The Kremlin has threatened numerous European states against joining

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