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India’s elections are right around the corner — and the fake news problem is not going away

By GV South Asia With general elections drawing near and digital disinformation running rampant across multiple online platforms in the country, India’s democracy may soon reach an inflection point. In 2018, mob lynchings triggered by disinformation spread on WhatsApp claimed more than 30 lives. In the early months of 2019, falsified statistics from the India-Pakistan conflict spread on multiple platforms, leading to mass attacks on Kashmiri students across the country. In a highly-publicized effort to counter these

Kremlin-friendly election observers from Europe and US at the presidential elections in Russia, March 2018

By European Platform for Democratic elections Executive summary 1513 foreign electoral observers monitored the Russian 2018 presidential election which constitutes the largest foreign electoral monitoring mission in Russia’s history. 598 of these observers were deployed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR); 363 observers were sent by other international organisations; 65 monitors

Online disinformation and manipulation targeted elections in at least 18 countries

By EU vs Disinfo Online disinformation and manipulation targeted elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, according to a new study. In its “Freedom on the Net 2017” report, Freedom House warns that online efforts to manipulate elections are “damaging citizens’ ability to choose their leaders” based on factual news. The increasing use of bots and trolls, it says, also allows authoritarian governments to expand their influence

No Enthusiasm for Russian Duma Elections in Crimea

Russian Duma September 18 parliamentary elections were a practical no show in Crimea as scores of countries and international organizations condemned holding the ballot in the annexed peninsula. The United States called the Russian elections a travesty, while the  Financial Times newspaper  pointed out that the euphoria of 2014 has given way to apathy, resignation and a lack of enthusiasm resulting  from high prices, frequent electricity blackouts and international sanctions,

Russian Media Exaggerate Ukrainian Election Violations

Russian media falsely reported that the 2015 Ukrainian local elections saw a record number of violations. They cited the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, a non-governmental organization that had registered violations during the last Ukrainian elections, as their source. This news was reported by the Russian television network NTV, the Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, and the zavtra.ru and EurAsia Daily websites. The Committee of Voters of Ukraine, however, did

Officials Deny that Separatist Party to Participate in Ukraine’s Local Elections

On September 10, several media outlets incorrectly reported that a political party of one of the leaders of so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR), Denys Pushylin, would participate in Ukraine’s local elections in Ukraine in the autumn. Lenta.ru, the BBC Russian Service, Podrobnosti, bigmir.net and other media reported that Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) had placed the party on a list of potential participants in the local elections. Some, however, later

Italian Party Refuted Information About Its Observers on the Pseudoelections in Donbas

On November 2, on the day of so-called elections on the territory of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People Republics, a numerous number of Russian and several Ukrainian media untruthfully informed that the representatives of Italian party “Forza Italia” (literally “Forward Italy”) had come as observers to the pseudoelections. The voicer of Kremlin RussiaToday published a video entitled: “Ukraine: the elections in Donbas go right – says an observer of Forza

Fake Monitors “Observe” fake Elections in the Donbas

The “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) and “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LNR), which are officially considered terrorist organisations by the Ukrainian authorities, will hold “parliamentary elections” on Sunday, 2nd of November, on the territories occupied by them with the help of the Russian army, Anton Shekhovtsov writes in his blog. These “elections” are widely considered illegal and illegitimate, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored “the planned holding by armed rebel groups in eastern

The OSCE did not Send its Observers to the “Donetsk People Republic Elections”

Russian mass media disseminate false information about the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) allegedly sending its observers to the elections held on November 2 in so-called Donetsk People Republic. “OSCE observers examined polling stations in Donetsk People Republic”, reports a RIA Novosti play-by-play correspondent. “In particular, the OSCE mission representatives in Donetsk visited the polling station in the school № 1 situated near the hotel where they

Lies: Counting the Votes after the Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine will be Done Manually

On October 25, CyberBerkut Group posted on its website false information: “Today the Ukrainian CEC officially announced that the system ‘Elections’ does not work.  They informed media that the date of the election results announcement may be changed due to the manual counting of votes.” In addition, members of the group have published false document, which supposed to be the decision of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Ukraine, in

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