New round of misinformation in Western media
24 July 2019 - 16:16
On July 15, 2019 police in Italy released a report on the detention of Italian extremists. The original statement says that “the Turin headquarters had under their surveillance people connected to extreme right political movements who fought in Donbass against pro-independence activists.” On July 16, the text was amended (to read “had taken part in an armed conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass region”). Nevertheless, in their coverage of the report Western news agencies and media outlets (Reuters, CNN, NBC, the Guardian, BBC, CBS) presented the news story as a raid on radicals who took part in hostilities “alongside Russian-backed separatist forces.”
The Western media outlets treated primary sources in a frivolous and irresponsible manner, which testifies to their lack of professionalism. Since this is an extremely sensitive subject, we can conclude that the deception was intentional and designed to promote pro-Western approaches to the conflict in Ukraine among the general public. We believe this to be tantamount to brainwashing the audience in order to link the conflict in Donbass to Russia by using any news story, even the least suitable one.
This is a clear example of biased Western media trampling upon the fundamental principles of journalism in their quest for scoring points here and now in the propaganda effort unleashed against Russia. We view articles of this kind as a system-wide attempt to mislead the audience.
We hope that respectful news titles will pay more attention to what they publish in the future in order not to distort or manipulate facts, either intentionally or inadvertently.
You can find Maria Zakharova’s piece here: https://bit.ly/2JU7KAs
The source of information - http://www.mid.ru/en/nedostovernie-p...ent/id/3737372