Russian disinformation aims to sow distrust over coronavirus vaccines
EU to step up aid to independent media
The European Commission suspects Russia and China of organizing disinformation campaigns about the coronavirus pandemic in relation to the EU countries. This is stated in a statement issued by the department on Wednesday.
The ministry’s report states that foreign entities and non-EU countries, in particular Russia and China, are involved in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns in Europe, neighboring countries and around the world..
“It would be too dangerous not to react to this,” said Vera Yurova, Deputy Head of the European Commission, who is responsible for European values and transparency, at a press conference dedicated to the presentation of the report on the intervention. “The pandemic has shown us that false information can cause serious harm, it can even kill citizens, and undermine the measures taken by the government to fight the disease.” According to her, quoted by Bloomberg, state-sponsored foreign propaganda preys on people’s fears and doubts..
The document says that the EU will increase support and assistance to civil society actors, independent media and journalists in third countries, as well as strengthen support for monitoring violations of press freedom. In addition, the EU is demanding additional attention from social media and online platforms, requiring fact-checking and raising user awareness..
This is not the first time the European Union has accused Russia and China of conducting disinformation campaigns. At the end of April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that these allegations about Moscow were unsubstantiated, reminds TASS. Beijing also denies the accusations.
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