EU MEMBERS URGE ‘ALTERNATIVE’ TO RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA

Radio Free Europe on January 9, 2015, reported on a letter from the foreign ministers of Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania and the United Kingdom calling on the European Union to create information alternatives to Russian propaganda. Excerpts below:

In a letter to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, foreign ministers from the four countries said Moscow was suppressing independent media and increasing “disinformation” to counter Western criticism over the war in Ukraine.

The letter added that Kremlin propaganda aims to undermine EU and Western unity, and called on the EU to create alternative sources of information to counter Russian propaganda by 2016.

The call comes just days after EU President Latvia announced it is considering plans to launch a Russian-language TV channel with EU support.

Nearly 40 percent of the population in Latvia and neighboring Estonia are native Russian-speakers and regularly watch Russian-based television.

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