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Disinformation targets Boris Johnson’s state of health

By EU vs Disinfo Journalistic investigation: RIA Novosti’s claims about the U.K. prime minister’s condition were the result of centralised coordination in Moscow. On 5 April, the state-controlled Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that a source “close to the leadership of England’s NHS,” said that Boris Johnson “would be provided mechanical lung ventilation.” This turned out not to be correct. Neither then, nor later was the prime minister subject

How British, German, and US media cover Crimea’s annexation and the Donbas war

By Rens Wilderom, for VoxUkraine This article investigates how British newspapers covered Crimea’s annexation and the Donbass war. It shows that initially an “international conflict frame” was used as the dominant way to interpret Crimea’s annexation, which in about three months was succeeded by a “local conflict frame,” then used as the most prevalent way to make sense of the enduring Donbass war. Moreover, it shows that as the war

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

Top targets of the pro-Kremlin media in Arabic in 2019: The fight against terrorism and White Helmets

By EU vs Disinfo As the year comes to an end, here is an overview of the strategy of pro-Kremlin media vis-à-vis their audiences in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on the most striking recurring narratives that they have been spreading over the year. Over the past year, pro-Kremlin outlets have consistently been spreading narratives and conspiracy theories that are in line with the Kremlin’s definition

Figure of the week: 200,000

By EU vs Disinfo UK media regulator Ofcom has fined RT £200,000 for breaching impartiality rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT failed to preserve due impartiality on seven occasions between 17 March and 26 April 2018 in its reporting on the Salisbury poisoning and the war in Syria – major matters of political controversy and current public policy. The UK media regulator said that, taken together, these breaches represented serious

Rule, Britannia! A Round Table without King Arthur

By EU vs Disinfo In 1909, a group of British colonialists took the initiative to create a group, called the Society of the Round Table. Since then, the group has managed to take over decision making in the United States, turning the US into a dumb giant, executing the orders of the British rulers. This, according to pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets. For the rest of us, the stories about The Round

Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report by House of Commons

By House of Commons, UK Parliament Summary This is the Final Report in an inquiry on disinformation that has spanned over 18 months, covering individuals’ rights over their privacy, how their political choices might be affected and influenced by online information, and interference in political elections both in this country and across the world—carried out by malign forces intent on causing disruption and confusion. We have used the powers of

UK Parliament: 5 recommendations to tackle disinformation and fake news

By UK Parliament Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee We are facing a democratic crisis founded on manipulation of personal data and micro-targeting, MPs warn. In 2017, 11 MPs from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, from different political parties, launched an inquiry into Fake Newsin response to the increasing spread of stories with uncertain origin or accuracy. The DCMS Committee’s report attempts to expose the secretive world of these tech

Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report

By authority of the House of Commons of UK Parliament Fifth Report of Session 2017–19 Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 24 July 2018 Read the whole report here. There are many potential threats to our democracy and our values. One such threat arises from what has been coined ‘fake news’, created for profit or other gain, disseminated

The Russian Military: ‘friendly and open’ or aggressive and dangerous – the evidence

By Polygraph Sergey Shoigu Russian Defense Minister “In such conditions, we demonstrate openness, friendliness and the absence of any sort of aggression against foreign countries.” Source: RT, July 24, 2018 FALSE Shoigu’s words are the opposite of the Russian military’s behavior Speaking to the Russian military collegium on July 24, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu criticized NATO, saying the Western military bloc cannot stand Russia being an independent player in international politics and

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