The European Parliament has created an anti-fake news unit to deal with misinformation, especially in light of the upcoming 2019 European elections. This comes as some MEPs called for more efforts against “Russian propaganda” at a debate in Strasbourg.
The EU has been stepping up its campaign to counter disinformation and fake news, recently earmarking €1 million a year from the EU budget for its specialist anti-propaganda unit set up by the Commission in 2015.
State-run Russian media outlets have been expanding its footprint for years and has increasingly focused on Western audiences. From Moscow’s point of view, media companies like RT and Sputnik are no different than Voice of America or Radio Free Europe, offering a counter-perspective on any given story.
Russia has been accused of meddling in the “democratic processes” of European countries, something Russian leaders have dismissed as “absurd” or “pulled out of thin air”.
Watch Euronews’ Tesa Arcilla recap recent allegations of Russian interference, or explore the graphic below for a more detailed breakdown.
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