The war against “fake news” generated by Russia is being waged by the elites in the European Union, just as it is here in the USA.
The op-ed below from the Hungarian daily Magyar Hírlap provides an overview on the latest propaganda emanating from Brussels, which is designed to overcome the “fake news”.
Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation:
[(agitprop = agitation and propaganda. The short version was frequently used in communism to describe subversive activities or organizations – translator]
by Lóránt Károly
November 30, 2016
In the long run propaganda that is not aligned with people’s everyday experience loses credibility fast.
With a vote of 304 yes, 179 no, and 208 absent, the European Parliament has taken a position about propaganda against the European Union and the strategic communications to fight against it. The presenter, the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, believes this is necessary because the European Union, its member states and its citizens have come under greater and more systematic pressure by state and non-state actors supplying information, disinformation, misleading campaigns and management of propaganda intended to undermine the objective information provided by ethical journalism. All this misinformation is biased or used as a tool for political power, and aimed against democratic values and interests of the EU.”
It quickly comes to light in the report that they are talking about the propaganda of the Islamic State and Russia, but in reality they just take note of ISIS to qualify the Russians in this way (that is the equivalent of incitement to terrorism). The leaders of the EU do not really fear any danger to the cleanliness of European souls from the brochures and imams of Islamic State, but from Russian television broadcasts and news portals. Because “the Russian government has aggressively used a variety of different devices and channels, such as think tanks and special foundations (like Russzkij Mir), special authorities (Rosszotrudnicsesztvo), multilingual TV stations (for example, Russia Today), the fictional news agencies and multimedia services (Sputnik), cross-border social and religious groups, as the regime intends to show up only as a defender of traditional Christian values; social media and Internet trolls are calling into question democratic values, showing the division of Europe. They provide support for establishing and developing an image that the real European Union can be found in the eastern region of declining states.”
Then they continue in this manner: “The Kremlin is financing political parties and organizations in the European Union in order to undermine political cohesion… the Kremlin’s propaganda directly targets specific journalists, politicians and individuals in the European Union.”
The report emphasizes, that “hate speech or incitement to violence or war cannot hide under the guise of freedom of speech,” and “urges legal initiatives in this regard,” which means they are lumping the Russian television broadcasts together with hate speech and they wish to pursue legal means against them.
Conversely, EU propaganda should be strengthened and directed against Russia in all forms, however, because it promotes democracy and freedom of speech, as the 56th paragraph of the report phrases it: “…calls on the Commission and Member States to strengthen the protection of journalists in Russia and the European Union’s neighborhood and to support Russian civil society [Soros Rent-A-Riot organization — translator] and invest in relationships between people… the biggest obstacle to the Russian disinformation campaigns would be if there were free and independent media in Russia; we believe that the European Union should aim at achieving this”.
The report, which emanates the atmosphere of 1950s communist propaganda, most likely originated with the party of Angela Merkel, the German CDU-CSU, because the votes which were required to accept the proposal came from the European People’s Party, which is mostly loaded with CDU-CSU representatives. The large number of absentee votes came from another German party, the Social Democrats (they make up the bulk of the Socialist group). In their vote a role was likely played by the fact their ex-Chancellor and party President Gerhard Schröder is the chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Nord Stream AG consortium, which is partly owned by Russian interests and provides the bulk of natural gas for Germany.
It’s also interesting who voted against the report and who voted against their own group. The propaganda war, which, as in the past, is preparing and serving a new cold war, was rejected by right and left sides of the European Parliament, but on the left the European United Left stood, while on the right were the groups representing Freedom, Nations-Europe and Direct Democracy. The Socialists and the People’s Party — those names arise from some shadowy historic past — have nothing to do with values of the left or right; these are the direct servants of the Euro-Atlantic Elite. Our “great friend” Guy Verhofstadt obviously voted for the propaganda war, but his liberal group mostly stayed against it or neutral. Among the Hungarians, Jobbik rejected the report while the Socialists stayed neutral; everybody else voted yes for the proposal.
EU politicians and propagandists are mistaken if they think relying on the wisdom of Goebbels: “that people will believe anything if they are told it many times”. Over the long term propaganda, which is not supported by the people’s daily experience, becomes discredited. The problems of the EU cannot be blamed on Russian propaganda, but the unrealistic constructs of the EU and the disastrous economic and social policies of EU leaders. Blaming the problems on Russian subversive activities proves just as futile as it was in vain at the time when the failures of communism were blamed on the imperialists.