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EP adopted resolution on counteracting Russian propaganda, ISIS and "Al Qaeda"
17:04, 23 November 2016
EP adopted resolution on counteracting Russian propaganda, ISIS and "Al Qaeda"

According to the resolution, the Kremlin is using a wide range of tools and instruments for discrediting EU and its decay as a result

17:04, 23 November 2016

Reuters

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on countering propaganda from Russia, ISIS, and "Al-Qaeda", the resolution was supported by 304 deputies, 179 were against and 208 abstained from voting. This was reported on the website of the European Parliament.

"The resolution emphasizes that the EU should resist the disinformation campaign and propaganda from countries such as Russia, and non-state actors, such as ISIS, "Al Qaeda" and other violent jihadist terrorist groups. The hostile propaganda against the EU and its Member States tends to distort truth, to provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, to paralyze the decision-making process, to discredit the EU institutions, incite fear and insecurity among the EU citizens,” it was stated in the text.

MEPs warn that the Kremlin stepped up its propaganda against the EU after the annexation of the Crimea and leads hybrid war in Donbas. They noted that "the Russian government applies a wide range of tools and instruments, such as analytic centers [...] multi-language television stations (for example, Russia Today), pseudo-news agencies and multimedia services (for example, Sputnik) [...], social media and internet trolls to challenge democratic values, divide Europe, gather domestic support and create a perception of failed states in the eastern part of the EU”.

Related: Kremlin Watch: How Russian propaganda depicts European leaders?

The resolution states that "the Kremlin is financed by political parties and other organizations within the EU” and regrets about "the support of Russian forces against the EU" including the extreme right-wing parties as well as populist forces.

To counter the anti-EU campaign, MEPs suggest investing in raising awareness, education, and local online media, investigative journalism, and information literacy, which will provide citizens with the opportunity to analyze the content of the media critically.

Related: Twitter bans over 300,000 accounts for propaganda of extremism

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