Tag "Netherlands"

Coronavirus: misinformation is leading to ‘fake news’ anxieties in Dutch refugee communities

By Ilse van Liempt, Mieke Kox, for The Conversation The coronavirus pandemic has led to a crisis among asylum seekers and refugees in the Netherlands. According to our research, the start of the pandemic saw an information vacuum within this community, leading to a general atmosphere of confusion and anxiety and the spread of fake news. When our fieldwork with asylum seekers, refugees and unauthorised migrants in Amsterdam was interrupted due

StopFakeNews #239 with Marko Suprun

Fake: Kyiv admits shelling Donbas civilian areas. Netherlands hold Ukraine responsible for the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash. Russia’s obsession with Ukraine.

Russia trying to influence Dutch public opinion on MH17 with fake news – minister

By UNIAN The Russian security services are trying to influence public opinion in the Netherlands by spreading fake news, home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren has said in a briefing to MPs, Dutch News reports. “The Netherlands is being monitored by the Russian security services among others,” Ollongren told MPs, according to Dutch News. “We know what Russia is up to, but we should not assume Russia is the only one.”

Fake: The Hague won’t ratify the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine

Last week Russian site Ukraina.ru published a news item claiming that during last week’s EU summit in Brussels Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Netherlands would not ratify the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine. Russian Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda quickly republished the claim, while REN-TV went even further and declared “The Hague refuses to admit Ukraine into the EU”. Rutte did say that the Netherlands refuse to ratify

Fake: Dutch Referendum Poroshenko’s Last Chance to Remain in Power

The Russian site Ukraina.ru published a story attributed to the Bloomberg news agency claiming that the recent Dutch referendum on the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine was Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s last chance at remaining in power. The story Ukraina.ru refers to is an opinion piece published by the Bloomberg View section of the news agency, which does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Bloomberg editorial board or its

Fake Document: Ukraine Aims to Thwart Netherlands Referendum

A copy of a document purporting to be a Ukrainian security services plan to thwart the April 6 Netherlands  referendum on the EU Ukraine Association Agreement was published on several web sites earlier this month. The document marked “Top Secret” is allegedly signed by Viktor Hvozd, the chairman of the Ukrainian Internal Intelligence Service and lists a series of actions aimed at undermining the referendum. Scanned copies of this document first

Fake: Azov Battalion continues to threaten the Netherlands

Another sinister video has appeared on a YouTube channel which purports to be the work of Ukraine’s controversial Azov Battalion. Last month a video appeared in Russian media in which Azov members were apparently threatening to exact retribution if Dutch people voted “no” in the scheduled April referendum about whether the Dutch Government should support the European Union-Ukraine association agreement. The real Azov Battalion immediately posted a rebuttal calling the

Dutch Report: MH17 Downed By Buk Surface-To-Air Missile

Dutch investigators say that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that crashed in a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 was brought down by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile. The report presented by the Dutch Safety Board on October 13 does not specify the exact location from which the missile that downed MH17 was fired, but identifies a 320-square-kilometer area that was mostly under the control of Russian-backed separatists

West Must Offer Russians and East Europeans an Alternative Worldview Not Just Accurate Information, Kyiv Paper Says

Those in the West thinking about launching a Russian-language television station to counter Moscow’s lies need to reflect on the fact that “Kremlin propaganda offers its own integral albeit inadequate picture of the world,” while “Europe on the other hand does not offer any picture at all,” according to Kyiv’s “Delovaya stolitsa.” In an unsigned article yesterday, the Kyiv daily comments on the July 20 proposal by Poland and the

Dutch-Polish ‘content factory’ to counter Russian propaganda

The Netherlands and Poland are to launch a Russian-language news agency in order to counter Russian propaganda. Bert Koenders, the Dutch foreign minister, told press in Brussels on Monday (20 July) the project will “give the tools and the capacities for Russian language [media] and Russian social media to work on the basis of objective information … with the exchange of different viewpoints”. Grzegorz Schetyna, his Polish counterpart, said it

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