Fighting propaganda: EU feels the pressure of Russian and ISIS propaganda

10:51 Jun. 5, 2016

EU feels the pressure of Russian and ISIS propaganda

An inside view of European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on April 28, 2016 (Getty Images)

Propaganda pressure on the EU from Russia and Islamic terrorist organisations is growing, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday

Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament discussed the situation with regards to propaganda in European countries and came up with the conclusion that Russia and ISIS are the main sources of it. 

"Hostile propaganda against the EU and its member states seeks to distort the truth, provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, paralyse the decision-making process, discredit the EU institutions and incite fear and uncertainty among EU citizens", says the text of the adopted resolution. 

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MEPs raised concerns over the rapid expansion of Kremlin-inspired propaganda and noted that Russia uses multiple tools to challenge European democratic values and divide Europe. Among the popular instruments are think tanks, multilingual TV stations like Russia Today, pseudo-news agencies, social media and internet trolls. 

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Moreover, "Kremlin propaganda directly targets specific journalists, politicians and individuals in the EU," notes the text. MEPs also stress that falsifying history is one of Russia's key strategies.

The MEPs propose that Europe should not respond to it with counter-propaganda but instead use positive messaging, awareness raising and education to increase the information literacy amongst EU citizens.

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As for ISIS propaganda, that aims to increase the level of hatred against European values and interests and at the same time recruit new members, it should be fought with developing a narrative to counter Daesh, "including through the empowerment and increased visibility of mainstream Muslim scholars who have the credibility to delegitimise ISIS propaganda".

The resolution will be put to a vote by the full House during the November plenary sessions in Strasbourg.

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