A witch-hunt conjures the image of unjust accusations towards innocent people. Raging crowds chasing the innocent with pitchforks and torches; all ready to light the pyre under the captured witch.
Attacking the EU Ambassador
In a clear attempt to discredit the EU, the Russian online outlet News Front published an article claiming that the EU’s ambassador to Russia “wants to see Russia fall apart,” This disinformation became possible after News Front misattributed a quote from another source appearing in an EU Observer article to the ambassador. The story spread to a number of other online outlets.
But, as the saying goes, “it’s not true, but a good story.”
The so-called witch-hunt is a reaction from German journalists on the working methods of some Russian media. Russia demands the right to ignore professional standards for journalism.
Freedom of deception
All EU countries adhere to the concept of free media. Questioning, challenging, criticizing authority are all fundamental rights of both media and citizens. Lying, deceiving or distorting facts are not. Claiming without a hint of evidence that the UK is deliberately destroying evidence in the Skripal case is not quality journalism: it’s demagoguery of the cheapest kind.
The Bellingcat reports of a third suspect in the Skripal case did not make big waves on the disinformation front on Twitter. Russian outlets reiterated known narratives of media bias, Russophobia and distraction as a response to the latest findings, and continued to insist that Russia was not involved at all. The communication on Twitter continued to focus largely on high profile topics with a wide reach and a potential impact like Venezuela and the Yellow Vests movement.
So the Russian media is still very much preoccupied with Venezuela, relentlessly repeating a claim that the massive protests against President Maduro are nothing but a US-orchestrated scheme. According to pro-Kremlin media, the EU is eagerly waiting to share the spoils as soon as the Americans get their hands on Venezuelan oil. And even the Yellow Vests’ Movement in France is nothing but staged by the US – exactly like in Venezuela
A Hostile World
The world outside Russia is generally a very unpleasant place, at least through the lens of Kremlin media: Ukraine is not only the world’s most dangerous place but also a threat to the entire world. The possibilities of journalism without facts and evidence are endless! And if someone dares to criticize it – call it a witch-hunt!
And the good news? The witches are safe and sound, alive and kicking. No witch-hunt today. And who dares to quarrel with Russia Today? As the outlet reports, the country’s coven of witches has actually offered their support to the Kremlin.
EUvsDisinfo has also recorded much more disinformation cases last week. The propaganda outlets continued the old campaigns stating that the vast majority of Ukrainians share a positive attitude towards Russia while Ukraine, where of course a coup occurred in 2014, remains under EU and US external control, meanwhile, the EU itself is dependent on the US foreign policy and has been preparing a Maidan-style revolution in Belarus,
Of course, no evidence was provided to to back all these claims.
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