Disinformation update on Latvian president and NATO summit

The Center for European Policy Analysis has a new investigation of disinformation in the  media involving Latvia.

CEPA's Anna Ūdre delves into comments attributed to Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis by the Russian RIA Novosti news agency ahead of the current Brussels NATO summit and concludes that while some of the reporting was accurate, it was heavily spun to reach an unjustified conclusion.

 "The version published by RIA Novosti was distorted, employing a frequently used technique: using some correct or mostly correct facts or statements, but a misleading title," CEPA said.

"The timing of the RIA Novosti article on the NATO conference indicates that the Kremlin is seeking to undermine the head of Latvia and the state’s allies before the NATO summit in Brussels. Russia’s state news agency is known for relying on a different set of experts than other media do, discrediting Latvian institutions and its transatlantic alliances, and pushing a pro-Kremlin narrative. It is likely that similar, distorted articles will follow as the summit unfolds," it concludes.  

You can read the analysis in full at CEPA's website or via the link below.

 

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