Czech authorities have announced a campaign to combat the misinformation of the population in foreign States. In particular, they intend to focus attention on the fight against Russian propaganda, which, in their opinion, influence the opinion of citizens and threatens the stability of the state.
To counteract this phenomenon, the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Czech Republic creates a special Department to combat misinformation, the newspaper Hospodarske Noviny. His objective is the fight against dissemination of false or misleading information and propaganda.
To work, the Department will begin the new year. In it will be composed of approximately 20 people. Data collected by the Department, will be transferred to the police, defence and intelligence agencies. Part of the unit will focus on identifying misinformation in open sources (including social networks) and their refutation. According to Hospodarske Noviny, the division will become part of the Center for combating terrorism, which was created in response to the terrorist attacks in Europe.
On the establishment of the Department was announced by the head of the interior Ministry of the Czech Republic Milan khovanets. He noted that in recent times in the country “recorded the growth of crime in cyberspace”. “The proliferation of false information threatens the stability and security of the Czech society,” the Minister said on 20 October this year in Prague the first conference of experts on combating misinformation called Stratcom Summit. “We want to get into every smartphone”, – quotes the words of Hovanets Reuters. The Kremlin has not commented on this statement.
Also at the conference were made by the Chairman of the military Committee of NATO, the Czech General Peter Paul. He “stressed the danger of the information war waged by Russia against Western countries and Ukraine, and recalled the information attacks from the Islamic state (DAISH, a terrorist group banned in Russia. – Approx. NEWSru.com)”, reports “Radio Prague”.
Reuters notes that, according to the census 2011, in the Czech Republic about 30 thousand Russian-speaking residents. There are dozens of sites publishing news in Russian. In September this year, the security Service and information the Czech Republic has accused Russia of waging “information war” in the Czech Republic with the use of agents for the spread of Russian propaganda aimed at destabilizing the situation in the Republic.
The growth of information attacks from the Kremlin celebrated not only in Czech Republic but also in other countries. Earlier in Finland has formed a special working group whose task is to fight against coming from Russia’s propaganda, reported in the spring of 2015 the Finnish newspaper Kaleva.
In the summer of 2015, President Bronislaw Komorowski accused the Kremlin propaganda in the Western press. According to him, the media, financed by Moscow, are actively working in many Western countries, including the USA, reported radio “Poland”.
In December 2015 in the Parliament of Lithuania had before it the report of the Department of state security on the infrastructure of Russian propaganda force in the country. According to the authors of the report, for this purpose the Russian leadership allocates every year “hundreds of thousands of euros”.
In the beginning of 2016 the European Union has launched the official Russian-language website with a weekly “review of misinformation” in the Russian media.
It was reported that the establishment of the new Directorate to counter the Russian “information weapons” thinking in NATO.
In October 2016 the European Parliament Committee on foreign Affairs approved the draft resolution “On the strategic communications of the EU to counter the propaganda against him by third parties.” We are talking primarily about the struggle with Russian news agencies and television channels broadcasting abroad. To a vote of all deputies, the document will be submitted at the end of November. In the case of adoption of the resolution is sent for approval to the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the EEAS head Federica Mogherini, told RBC.
On 16 October The Financial Times , citing a senior diplomatic officer of the EU wrote that the EU leaders at the summit in Brussels on 20-21 October to discuss the secret intervention of Russia in the political processes in Europe. The sources said that the intelligence agencies of several countries have received evidence that Moscow may be involved in the financing of populist movements and extreme right parties.