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RIA Novosti inserts false claims in article on interview with MH17 suspect

By Polygraph RIA Novosti Russian state news outlet “Kyiv blamed the disaster on the militias, who said they did not have the means to shoot down an aircraft at such an altitude.” Source: RIA Novosti, November 1, 2019 False The “militias” openly bragged about possessing a Buk SAM system. On November 1, RIA Novosti published an article with excerpts from an interview with Volodymyr Tsemakh, a former officer in the

“Distracting the audience from the real problems”

By EU vs Disinfo Maria Borzunova is a Russian journalist who works for the independent online TV channel TV Rain. Together with her colleague Ilya Shepelin, she hosts a weekly programme on TV Rain called ‘Fake News’, which describes and debunks disinformation broadcast by the dominating, mainly state-controlled national TV channels.  In this exclusive interview, Maria Borzunova discusses why the disinformation is such a dominant feature on the large TV

“Russia is the world champion in free speech”

By EU vs Disinfo “Russia is the world champion in free speech.” This claim was made by the Russian TV host and state media boss Dmitry Kiselyov during a lecture he delivered to students of journalism at Moscow State University on 23 October. Mr Kiselyov repeated his own remark at a Russian journalism conference held in Sochi earlier this autumn. #149 out of 180 It is not difficult to make

Focus here, not there: These are the gaps in political misinformation research

By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab “Persistent debates about what constitutes ‘fake news’ and distinctions between other types of false information are mostly distracting.” Plus: A guide to covering misinformation without burning your news org or your readers, and a discussion of filter bubbles as not-really-a-thing. “Focus on the most pressing questions to which we truly need answers.” In a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of American

I create “convincing” manipulated images and videos — but quality may not matter much

Bad videos can be persuasive, too. By Christye Sisson, for NiemanLab Lots of people — including Congress — are worried about fake videos and imagery distorting the truth, purporting to show people saying and doing things they never said or did. I’m part of a larger U.S. government project that is working on developing ways to detect images and videos that have been manipulated. My team’s work, though, is to

Don’t mention Crimea!

By EU vs Disinfo The facts about Crimea’s annexation are now a taboo in Russia and subject to censorship. When the Russian version of Israeli author Yuval Noah Harari’s book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century was published in Moscow earlier this summer, references to the invasion of Crimea and the disinformation campaign around it had to be replaced with examples that were unrelated to Russia and Ukraine. Trump instead of Putin

One potential route to flagging fake news at scale: Linguistic analysis

By Fatemeh Torabi Asr, for The Conversation Have you ever read something online and shared it among your networks, only to find out it was false? As a software engineer and computational linguist who spends most of her work and even leisure hours in front of a computer screen, I am concerned about what I read online. In the age of social media, many of us consume unreliable news sources.

Two decades on, Russian state media omits facts about the Kursk submarine disaster

By Polygraph RIA Novosti Russian state news agency “On August 15, Norway offered help in the rescue operation. The offer was accepted by the Ministry of Defense.” Source: RIA Novosti, August 12, 2019 Misleading Several nations, including the U.K., the Netherlands, and the U.S., offered immediate help, but Russia refused In a feature article headlined “The Death of the Nuclear Submarine Kursk,” the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti chronicled

Russian media reported ‘rusty’ tanks displayed in Washington, DC on July 4

By Polygraph NTV Gazprom-Media TV Channel “Rusty tanks and the U.S. flag on Mars: how the parade in Washington went.” Source: NTV, July 5, 2019 False The four tanks brought to Washington, DC had been used in battle but were well maintained Russian state-controlled media reports about the July 4 Independence Day celebration in the U.S. capital focused on “rusty tanks.” Gazprom-Media-owned television channel NTV featured a report on July

Russia’s Defense Ministry falsely blames Syrian rebels for an attack on a Turkish army outpost

By Polygraph Russian Ministry of Defense “Aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces made four bombing strikes against terrorists in Idlib, the Defense Ministry reported. The coordinates for the attack were indicated by Ankara. This happened after the allied terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra fired at a Turkish army observation post, despite a cease-fire agreement.” Source: RIA Novosti False Turkey says the attack was by regime forces. On June 13, Russia’s Defense

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