Tag "Africa"

MIGs in Libya, contradicting Moscow’s denials

By Polygraph Andrey Krasovdeputy chair of the Russian State Duma’s Defense Committee“[This is] yet another American scary tale. This is fake and disinformation in the spirit of previous American administrations.” (Responding to U.S. military reports that Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya.)Source: Regnum.ru, May 26, 2020FALSE On May 26, the U.S. Army Africa Command (AFRICOM) said Russia had sent military aircraft to Libya to aid its state-sponsored private military contractors working on

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

By Endalkachew Chala, for Global Voices This story is the second in a two-part series on online disinformation and politics in Ethiopia. You can read the first part here. On November 17, all except one ethnic party that comprises Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front — the EPRDF — declared that they have agreed to merge. Tigray People’s Liberation Front, (TPLF) the most senior of the four parties,

Facebook moves to curb Russian interference in African politics

By Polygraph This week’s takedown of Facebook and Instagram accounts that were used to interfere with African political affairs has provided new insight into the extent to which a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is engaged in the continent, analysts say. Facebook announced Wednesday that, after a weeks-long investigation, it was removing pages that have been linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman accused of financing similar efforts

The focus of misinformation debates shifts South

By Peter Cunliffe-Jones, for NiemanLab “In complex tinderbox societies, the potential for mis- and disinformation to sow not just social discord but real violence is very clear.” Ever since 2016, when many western newsrooms’ cozy assumptions were shattered by the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, conversations about the impact of mis- and disinformation have been dominated by three underlying thoughts. First is that misinformation’s main effects are

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

Russia Today to launch a French-language news channel in Africa

The public Russian television, Russia Today (RT) is planning to introduce a French version of its news channel in Africa. The Russian channel will first broadcast via internet box and satellite. The announcement was made by Irakly Gachechiladze, the ex-deputy news editor of RT who is now in charge of the RT French version since the beginning of the year. Gachechiladze revealed that the channel is still a video stream

Fake: Ukraine Announces New Foreign Policy towards Africa

On September 30, Russian media distorted comments by Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Ambassador-at-Large, reporting that, as a new policy, Ukraine plans to align more closely with Africa. The false information was carried by Ukraina.ru, Russkaya Vesna, Politnavigator, the Committee of Voters of Donbas, newstes.ru,  and others. Kuleba told StopFake, however, that he had made it clear in his comments that he was not announcing a change in Ukraine’s foreign towards Africa.

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