EU Parliament approves resolution against Russian media ‘propaganda’

The resolution stresses that the EU needs to counter disinformation campaigns and propaganda from countries, such as Russia
EU Parliament approves resolution against Russian media ‘propaganda’
23 November 15:32 2016 Print This Article

MEPs in Strasbourg have voted on a non-legislative resolution which calls to reinforce the EU’s “strategic communication” task force, in particular to “respond to information warfare by Russia.”

In the Wednesday vote, 304 MEPs supported the resolution based on the report ‘EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties’, with 179 voting against it and 208 abstaining.

Written by a Polish member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, Anna Fotyga, the report alleged that Moscow aims to “incite fear and divide Europe,” and called for the establishment of measures to tackle the perceived Russian propaganda threat.

Among the most dangerous “tools of Russian propaganda” the resolution mentions RT TV, Sputnik, and RIA Novosti.

The document also places Russian media organizations alongside terrorist groups such as Islamic State, reported RT.

“The Russian government is employing a wide range of tools and instruments, such as think tanks […], multilingual TV stations (e.g. Russia Today), pseudo-news agencies and multimedia services (e.g. Sputnik) […], social media and Internet trolls, to challenge democratic values, divide Europe, gather domestic support and create the perception of failed states in the EU’s eastern neighborhood,” the MEPs noted.

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