London offers G7 rapid mechanism to counter disinformation

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The United Kingdom wants the G7 to set up a mechanism to quickly counter “propaganda” and disinformation, particularly from Russia, declared British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.

The issue will be addressed at the G7 Foreign Minister’s meeting, which is being held in London from Monday to Wednesday.

“We want the G7 to unite with a quick rebuttal mechanism so that when we see this lies, propaganda or fake news being released, we can (…) deny and set the record straight, for the people. of this country, but also in Russia or in China and in the whole world ”, declared the head of the British diplomacy to journalists.

According to the Sunday Times, a study funded by the British Foreign Office found that “pro-Russian trolls” publish malicious comments on the websites of British newspapers to give the impression that the public supports the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

They are then used by Russian state media to make it appear that British public opinion supports Moscow, according to the newspaper, which claims the same process is used against media from 14 other countries, including some members of the G7. like France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

This study is due to be presented on Tuesday in London, at the first meeting of G7 foreign ministers in person for two years.

The Foreign Office had recently summoned the Russian ambassador to London, the British government saying it was “gravely concerned about the tendency of the Russian state to adopt a malicious attitude”.

He also announced on Saturday an envelope of eight million pounds sterling (9.2 million euros) for the plans of the international service of the BBC to fight against disinformation.

This week, the European Diplomacy Counter-Disinformation Unit released a report that said Russia and China are engaged in “smear” campaigns to undermine confidence in European Union-approved vaccines to put their money away. own vaccines.