Countering propaganda and disinformation

Disinformation from internal and external sources poses a serious threat to democracy and to society as a whole. Disinformation creates disorder, distrust towards state institutions, undermines the legitimacy of government, creates unjustified tensions in society, and distorts public debate. In the face of Russian aggression, Ukraine has become a testing ground and a center of disinformation, especially on the part of its eastern neighbor. And this applies today not only to the events in Donbass and in the occupied Crimea, but also to almost all spheres of life.

To counter the information war that is unfolding in Ukraine, it is necessary to build effective communication between all government agencies and begin coordination with foreign partners.

The Council of Europe has adopted a number of standards that will help to combat the information disorder, including:

  • PACE resolution «Democracy hacked? How to respond?» No. 2326, in which PACE expressed concern over the spread of disinformation campaigns aimed at shaping public opinion, trends, manipulation and foreign interference in the electoral process.
  • Recommendation CM/Rec (2018)2 on the role and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries.
  • Recommendation CM/Rec (2020)1 on the impact of algorithmic processes on human rights and other documents.

Experts of the Council of Europe have emphasized that in taking measures to combat disinformation, states must ensure that these measures are lawful, necessary in a democratic society, proportionate and subject to constant scrutiny, in particular by parliament and national civil society institutions.

The objective of Ukraine is to bring media legislation closer to European standards. Efforts have to be made at both the international and national levels to respond effectively to disinformation.

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Elections to the State Duma involving Ukrainians is the most insolent attempt of falsification

Ukrainians, i.e. approximately 280-310 thousand residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts who have received Russian passports, will vote in the current elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in a compulsory way. What is this? Is it a major characteristic of the elections to the State Duma this year or the most insolent attempt of falsification?

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Presidential Office should react to Kremlin’s disinformation on Ukraine’s “anandoning” Donbas, iDemocracy

A non-governmental organization iDemocracy has carried out a monitoring of information space within Ukraine, the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts as well as Russia and detected that militants’ and Russian media outlets broadly spread an anti-Ukrainian narrative about Ukraine’s “fencing off” Donbas at the end of June-beginning of July 2021.

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