Posts tagged as disinformation

Coronavirus disinformation in Lithuania subsides, military says

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Disinformation about the coronavirus in Lithuania has halved in June, compared to the previous months, the Lithuanian military said on Tuesday. “As Lithuania gradually eased lockdown conditions and eventually lifted the quarantine altogether, we have noticed that the flow of disinformation […] has gone down,” Mažvydas Kunevičius, a strategic communication specialist at the Lithuanian Armed Forces, told reporters. A total of 1,484 instances of disinformation about the coronavirus have been…

Chinese disinformation begins filling Latvian media space

By Zintis Znotiņš on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

As I have already written, there are notable similarities between China and Russia. If previously Latvian media was dominated by Russian propaganda and China seemed somewhere far away from all of it, then now it seems that China has decided to inject its own propaganda in the Latvian media environment. To what ends – it’s too early to tell, but the first signs are already present. China has chosen the…

NATO STRATCOMCOE to discuss EU view on disinformation

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) is back with another online discussion on June 17. This time the subject is “Disinformation: the view from the EU” with Lutz Güllner (Head of Unit, European External Action Service), Anneli Kimber (Strategic communication project manager, Lund University) and Jānis Sārts (Director, NATO STRATCOMCOE). “China and Russia have been the main sources of disinformation during the COVID-19 crisis, highlighting the problem of disinformation. Both have tried to portray…

Brussels calls out China and Russia over corona fakes

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The European Commission has unambiguously pointed the finger at Russia and China as spreaders of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. Lithuania’s ambassador to the EU said Brussels should have gone further. In a communication on ‘Tackling Covid-19 disinformation’, which was presented by EC Vice President Věra Jourová and High Representative Josep Borrell on Wednesday, foreign actors such as Russia and China were named for their role in propagating fake news.…

NATO Secretary General discusses COVID-19 and disinformation with Lithuanian President

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Tuesday (5 May 2020), as part of his regular political consultations. The two leaders discussed NATO’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and how the Alliance continues to deliver strong deterrence and defence. The Secretary General underlined NATO’s commitment to Lithuania, including with a multinational battlegroup in Rukla, the Baltic Air Policing mission and maritime patrols in the Baltic…

Stratcom director: China and Russia top Covid-19 disinformation sources

Thursday, April 9, 2020

China and Russia have been the main sources of disinformation during the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, but Latvia is well prepared for the situation compared to many other countries, according to NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Director Jānis Sārts. “During the last week the amount of Russian disinformation has decreased, but the amount of disinformation from China has increased,” said Sārts. According to the director, there is a very…

Coronavirus disinformation takes hold of diaspora

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

As the  coronavirus   went global, so did disinformation. One convenient target were the ballooning European diasporas in the era of Schengen and free movement. With almost a fifth of its citizens abroad, Lithuania was no exception. “I listened to a Russian doctor’s recording from Tenerife,” read one of the thousands of comments in a popular Lithuanian diaspora Facebook group. “[The doctor] said the workers were completely unprotected, and the…

Russian disinformation uses LRT English to target Slovakia

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

RIA FAN, a Russian  news   agency linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin behind the troll farm in St Petersburg, republished a story by LRT English. After changing the angle, the Russian translation is now being shared across Slovak disinformation groups on Facebook. The story of  missing   Lithuanian reconnaissance soldiers that evaded all forces sent to find them was translated into Russian, where the Lithuanian troops were referred to as a…

Estonian interior minister not to attend discussion focusing on relocation of immigrants

Thursday, July 18, 2019

At an informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers of the European Union to be held in Helsinki on Thursday and Friday, Estonian Minister of the Interior Mart Helme from the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) will attend the discussions of migration policy and interior affairs, but will skip a dinner during which the ministers are to discuss relocation of the migrants arriving in the EU via the central Mediterranean…

Lithuanian watchdog finds violations in 2 Russian TV channels’ reports about partisans

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) said on Wednesday it has established violations in news reports about Lithuanian partisans in two Russian-language TV channels, but cannot impose restrictions on their broadcasts in the country, reported LETA/BNS. A report in the Vremya (Time) news program of Latvia-registered Pirmais Baltijas Kanals Lietuva about a commemoration of the Day of Freedom Fighters in the Seimas on January 13 contained “false, slanderous and war-inciting information…