East StratCom disinformation claim:

Russian media are more free and democratic than the Western ones.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 23. November 2016

Debunk claim:

The 2016 World Press Freedom Index (https://rsf.org/en/ranking) gives EU member States an average ranking of 33rd out of 180 countries, with five EU countries in the world’s top 10 for press freedom. In contrast, Russia ranks 148 out of 180 countries. This represents a significant deterioration: in 2001, Russia was deemed partly free and ranked 60th: https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/FOTP%202002%20Regional%20Score%20Tables.pdf. https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press/freedom-press-2016

Documentation for the debunk


published by Freedom House |

Additional information

This information is reported by Promote Ukraine in Disinformation Review issue 49. The item is located at row number 17 in the report.

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