East StratCom disinformation claim:

There is no independent media in the West, everything is propaganda.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 23. November 2016

Debunk claim:

In fact, there is objective reporting. There are standards by which quality journalism is measured and to which professional journalists adhere. Those standards exclude receiving instructions from the government on what to write and what not to write; forging pictures and faking testimony; or being awarded military medals for reporting in the way the government wants http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/freedom-of-expression/professional-journalistic-standards-and-code-of-ethics/key-concepts/#bookmark2, http://handbook.reuters.com/index.php?title=Standards_and_Values // 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 Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 49. The item is located at row number 19 in the report.

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