EU votes for citizens to fund their own brainwashing

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https://www.rt.com/op-edge/368261-eu-mep-resolution-rt/

A fledgling group set up by the European Commission to allegedly counteract “Russian propaganda” is to be expanded with more public cash and resources. European citizens will be funding mechanisms inducing their own ignorance and misinformation.

This week, the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted by a dubious majority for a cash injection to expand the work of a media watchdog aimed at “debunking Russian propaganda.”

The little-known media group, reportedly comprising 11 “diplomats,” was established a year ago by the all-powerful, but unelected European Commission. The media unit has, therefore, no electoral mandate. It is potentially holding sway over how 500 million EU citizens will be able in the future to access news and public information.

In particular, it is evident the said EU media program is motivated by an extreme Russophobia bias. Working in tandem with this media watchdog is another coterie of seven parliamentarians headed by the rabidly anti-Russian Polish MEP Anna Fotyga. The 57-year-old member of the right-wing Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe within the EU Parliament has been regularly accusing Russia of “aggression” in Ukraine and toward Europe generally.

Fotyga’s self-appointed media group, dominated by eastern European anti-Russian interests, produced a report earlier this year entitled “EU strategic communications with a view to counteracting propaganda.” It makes for hysterical reading accusing Russian news networks RT and Sputnik of being Kremlin propaganda tools for sowing division and discord among EU member states.

The report states: “The Russian government is employing a wide range of tools and instruments, such as think-tanks […], multilingual TV stations (e.g. Russia Today), pseudo-news agencies and multimedia services (e.g. Sputnik) […], social media and internet trolls, to challenge democratic values, divide Europe, gather domestic support and create the perception of failed states in the EU’s eastern neighborhood.”

It was largely this tendentious “study” that formed the basis for the European Parliament’s resolution this week to expand funding for the media program to “debunk Russian propaganda.”

How much new money is being disbursed to the media watchdog is not clear. But ultimately it will be funded by EU citizens whose taxes underwrite member governments’ financial contributions to the Brussels-based 28-nation bloc.

Notably, the EU Parliament vote this week was far from convincing. Some 304 MEPs voted for extra funding to the “anti-Russian propaganda” group, while 179 MEPs voted against. A further 208 parliamentarians abstained. That suggests widespread apprehension among lawmakers about the function and credibility of “debunking Russian propaganda.”

So, here we have an outcome whereby a minuscule group of unelected faceless bureaucrats and ideologically driven politicians, who evidently have an ax to grind against Russia, are able to shape a vital area of foreign policy for the entire EU bloc and furthermore to significantly impinge on the public’s right to access information freely.

The charges of “Russian state-sponsored propaganda” have been inflamed with recent claims by Western leaders like US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that “fake news” is undermining Western democracy. These claims have in turn followed months of reports from various NATO-linked think-tanks which have allege that Russian news services are fronts for Kremlin-inspired disinformation.

Political pressure is now being brought to bear on internet and social media providers, such as Google and Facebook, to ban “fake news” from their networks. Germany’s Merkel has even declared this week that she intends introducing legislation that will force internet service companies to “regulate fake news.”

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censorship comes in many forms..

“The little-known media group, reportedly comprising 11 “diplomats,” was established a year ago by the all-powerful, but unelected European Commission. The media unit has, therefore, no electoral mandate. It is potentially holding sway over how 500 million EU citizens will be able in the future to access news and public information.”

the fake news meme..

“Political pressure is now being brought to bear on internet and social media providers, such as Google and Facebook, to ban “fake news” from their networks. Germany’s Merkel has even declared this week that she intends introducing legislation that will force internet service companies to “regulate fake news.”

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~ by seeker401 on December 2, 2016.

5 Responses to “EU votes for citizens to fund their own brainwashing”

  1. Presidents who try and wrest back control of the US money supply get the same treatment..

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  3. How can you be swayed by “fake” news if the mainstream (politically-correct, government-approved) media is presenting you with the “true” news?
    Should it not be up to the individual to decide which news seems more credible?
    Whenever someone of authority tells me there are things I shouldn’t be hearing, I get REALLY suspicious…

  4. EU Demands Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft Cede to Their Anti-Hate Speech Laws

    There’s so much hate out there. The EU has decided they’re going to do something about it, god damn it. All of the damned, fucking, voters running astray this year must have the autocrats going apeshit trying to figure out ways to suppress populism. As such, the EU is demanding that US tech giants comply with their demands to curtail ‘hate speech’ else be literally forced to do so — according to law. The laws are designed to protect migrants streaming into the EU, raping and pillaging along the way.

    Europeans, you must comply.

    source: Reuters

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-04/eu-demands-facebook-twitter-google-and-microsoft-cede-their-anti-hate-speech-laws

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