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Fake: Ukrainian Airliner Downed in Iran was controlled by US

An Iranian member of parliament made a stunning pronouncement last week claiming that the Iranian army was right to shoot down a Ukrainian civilian airliner in January as the flight was being controlled by the United States. Hassan Norouzi said no one would be arrested or held accountable for the shooting down of the passenger jet. Iranian officials moved to refute Norouzi’s pronouncements and opened a criminal case against the

Throwing coronavirus disinfo at the wall to see what sticks

By EU vs Disinfo The EUvsDisinfo database has been accumulating coronavirus-related disinformation cases for more than two months – it’s time to take a look and see what’s hiding in plain sight. Comparing the cases on the coronavirus published between January 22 and March 25 with the caseload from this week alone, it appears that the anti-American vibe is still going strong. In total, we have collected 39 cases claiming

Fake: Accusing Kremlin of Disinformation, EU and US Hide Pandemic Failures

Reacting to EU and US accusations that Moscow had launched a large scale disinformation campaign about the COVID-19 pandemic Russian media accused the West of Russophobia and of wanting to hide their mistakes and inaction in the face of the coronavirus while Russia is “in the forefront of the fight against the spread of the infection”. While people are dying in many countries and economies are on the brink of

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

Americans of all political stripes expect 2020’s fake news to be biased against their side

It’s not just the real news media partisans think is rooting for the other team — it’s the fake news media too. By Hanaa’ Tameez, for NiemanLab Fake news, misinformation, and disinformation will be major concerns in the 2020 presidential election. According to previous research by the Pew Research Center, half of American adults describe misinformation as a “very big problem” — more than who say the same about climate

Fake: US and Ukraine Preparing New Chornobyl for Russia

Russia is facing a new Chornobyl disaster warned Tsargrad, a television station affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s security forces. The US is preparing an atomic apocalypse for Russia using Ukraine, Tsargrad declared earlier this week after the Zaporizhzhia South Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant’s third reactor on shut down briefly on January 4. According to Tsargrad the shutdown was caused by the American nuclear fuel that the power

Syria accuses Americans of supporting IS after U.S. helped free most of country from the group

By Polygraph Walid MuallemSyrian Foreign Minister“The Americans are using ISIS as a scarecrow. At the same time they are feeding ISIS, encourage them, protect ISIS leaders and help them move from one area to another.” Source: RT, Dec. 25, 2019 False The U.S. fights Islamic State. On Dec. 25, the Russian state-owned media outlet RT (Russia Today) published an interview with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muhallem, in which he accused

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

The US investigations highlight Europe’s laxity on disinformation

By Jakub Kalenský, for Disinfo Portal This article is a part of a special series for #StratComDC 2019. Learn more at stratcomdc.org On October 8, the United States Senate Intelligence Committee released its updated report on Russian interference into the 2016 US presidential election. Labeled as “the most comprehensive look at the efforts of the now-infamous Russian propaganda factory,” this new Senate report is another entry on the long list

Scorching the Earth with disinformation

By EU vs Disinfo The scorched-earth tactics sometimes prove successful in conventional warfare. How does it work in the disinformation world? 207 years ago Moscow burst into flames. It was September 1812, Russia was fighting against Napoleon and his coalition – and it won. Its win was essential in stopping Napoleon’s dominance in Europe. Part of Russia’s eventual success in the war was the so-called scorched-earth tactics, which consisted of burning Moscow to

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