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The European Parliament adopted a resolution on combating the propaganda from Russia, LIH and “al Qaeda”, the resolution was supported by 304 deputies, 179 were against and 208 abstentions. This was reported on the website of the European Parliament.
“The resolution stresses that the EU must confront the disinformation campaign and propaganda from countries like Russia and non-state actors like ISIS, al Qaeda and other violent jihadist terrorist groups. Hostile propaganda against the EU and its member States seek to distort the truth to cause doubt, to divide the EU and its North American partners, to paralyze the decision-making process, to discredit the EU institutions, incites fear and uncertainty among EU citizens”, – stated in the text.
MEPs warn that the Kremlin has stepped up its propaganda against the European Union after the annexation of Crimea and waging hybrid war in the Donbass. They note that “the Russian government uses a wide range of tools and instruments, such as analytical centers […] a multilingual television station (e.g., Russia Today), pseudo-news agencies and multimedia services (e.g., Sputnik) [.. .], social media and Internet trolls, to challenge democratic values, to divide Europe, to collect domestic support and create the perception of failed States in the Eastern part of the EU.”
The resolution stresses that “the Kremlin was financing the political parties and other organizations in the framework of the EU” and expressed regret that “the Russian support for the forces against the EU,” as extreme right-wing parties and populist forces.
To counter anti-EU campaign, the members of the European Parliament suggest investing in awareness-raising, education, online and local media, investigative journalism and information literacy that will provide citizens the opportunity to analyze the content of media is critical.
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