Event Report presentation: RT in Europe and beyond

Report presentation: RT in Europe and beyond

Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/09/2022
17:00 - 18:30

Location
Press Club Brussels Europe

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Report presentation: RT in Europe and beyond

Tuesday 6 September at 17.00

Press Club Brussels Europe

Rue Froissart 95 – 1040 Brussels

 

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The press conference marks the release of a new report, “RT in Europe and beyond”, published by the Centre for Democratic Integrity (CDI), an Austria-based NGO that analyses attempts of authoritarian regimes to influence politics and societies in Europe.

The Russian state-controlled “Russia Today” media network was founded in 2005 and later emerged as the Kremlin’s primary instrument of influencing international audiences. The network’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan openly admitted that it was waging an information war against the West and compared RT to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Especially since 2009, when Russia Today was re-organised into RT, this media network became notorious for targeting European and other societies with polarising and divisive rhetoric, for promoting and amplifying conspiracy theories, spreading disinformation, and subverting liberal democracy.

The report “RT in Europe and beyond” is a result of the collective endeavour of academics, journalists, experts and members of civil society, who produced the first detailed exploration of RT and its services in English, French, German and Spanish languages, as well as RT’s problematic reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and use of conspiracy theories.

Presentation panel:

MEP Michael Gahler (CDU/EPP, Germany)

MP Maria Mezentseva (Sluha narodu, Ukraine)

Anton Shekhovtsov (Centre for Democratic Integrity, Austria)

Silvia Stöber (ARD, Germany)

Hugo Littow (LEcho, Belgium)

 

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