Flawed peace plan for Ukraine repeats Kremlin talking points

Flawed peace plan for Ukraine repeats Kremlin talking points

UkraineAlert by Eurasia Center Related Experts: Ian Brzezinski, Michael Carpenter, Daniel Fried, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst, Alexander Vershbow A distinguished group of American, European, and Russian former government officials and think tank experts has taken advantage of the Munich Security Conference to issue a statement recommending twelve steps to bring greater security to Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic region. For years, the Kremlin has tried to change the conversation on Ukraine,

Disecting Putinist agitprop: agitation, propaganda, and division

By Janusz Bugajski, for CEPA Moscow has a long history of disseminating disinformation to soften up its targets and achieve specific political goals. In Soviet times such initiatives were often included under the rubric of “agitprop” – agitation and propaganda. Agitprop campaigns were not only designed to convince people about the Bolshevik version of reality, they were also intended to mobilize them to act upon these convictions. Putinist agitprop aimed

Figure of the week: 35

By EU vs Disinfo Fact-Checkers note a 35 % increase in disinformation, published by Serbian tabloids Not less than 945 unfounded items of news have been published in 2019 by four tabloids (Informer, Srpski Telegraf, Alo and Kurir) with the largest circulation in Serbia, fact-checking platform Raskrikavanje found in their most recent analysis. This is a 35% increase compared to 2018, when the independent website tracked 700 articles circulated by

The best defence is good offense

By EU vs Disinfo Pro-Kremlin Coordinated Efforts on Disinformation The new coronavirus epidemic is dominating the news this week, and this is clearly reflected in the flow of disinformation from pro-Kremlin outlets. The narrative on the virus is getting focused on hinting on it being man-made, and probably manufactured by the same British lab that poisoned the Skripals. The virus is further tailor-made to target Asians and spread by the

“Nothing can be ruled out”

By EU vs Disinfo Russian state-controlled TV mixes coronavirus conspiracy theories with ambiguous debunks.  The coronavirus carries the Latin word for crown, corona. What did Donald Trump do before becoming president? He handed winners of his beauty pageant show their crowns. Which proves that the virus was manufactured on orders from President Trump. This claim was a part of a news report about the coronavirus in broadcast last week in the

RT neglects interviewee’s tie to Assad-linked group

By Polygraph RT (Russia Today)Russian state-owned media outlet“John Taylor Holmes, a retired major general who served as a director of special forces, was on a panel of experts which heard testimony from one of the whistleblowers, identified as ‘Alex.’ ”Source: RT Jan. 27, 2020 Misleading Holmes is among directors of a group with ties to the Assad family. On Jan. 27, the Russian state-owned news agency RT (Russia Today) published

Coronavirus puts Southeast Asian anti-fake news laws to test

By VoA News A bevy of new laws across Southeast Asia barring dissemination of fake news are being put to the test by the spreading coronavirus, with bloggers in at least two countries facing possible prison time for postings as short as one sentence. Authorities say they are merely trying to prevent public panic about the coronavirus, but critics say that arresting people for social media posts is excessive and

Americans of all political stripes expect 2020’s fake news to be biased against their side

It’s not just the real news media partisans think is rooting for the other team — it’s the fake news media too. By Hanaa’ Tameez, for NiemanLab Fake news, misinformation, and disinformation will be major concerns in the 2020 presidential election. According to previous research by the Pew Research Center, half of American adults describe misinformation as a “very big problem” — more than who say the same about climate

Russian chief editor wildly exaggerates Sputink’s Belarus audience

By Polygraph Margarita SimonyanChief Editor, Rossiya Segodnya“Sputnik Belarus in January had 10 million unique visitors, with the country’s population of 9.5 million. That is more than Radio Svoboda, the Polish BelSat and other foreign media in the country have, combined. I am proud!” Source: Twitter, Feb. 5, 2020 Partly False Simonyan exaggerated the actual number of unique visitors by a factor of two. On Feb. 5, Margarita Simonyan, chief editor

”Disinformation aims at undermining democracy”

By EU vs Disinfo EU Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová at the Opening of EU vs Disinfo Conference Last week, international experts on countering disinformation gathered in Brussels to discuss the development of the issue. Disinformation, as a part of a wider aggression against EU and the Member States, is a challenge the union is determined to address. The meeting was opened by EU Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, who in her

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