Messages of Russian TV - Monitoring Report

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

According to a new monitoring report, Russian viewers of television news are being told that their country has been targeted by the United States in a western plot to bring Russia to its knees.

The research conducted by MEMO 98, a Slovak monitoring group, in cooperation with Internews Ukraine and Yerevan Press Club, shows that messages aimed at Russian public accuse the US of orchestrating a campaign against their country, which includes fomenting the war in Ukraine. The message downplays the role of the EU, which is often presented as being pushed into sanctions against Russia by the US.

Talk shows and news programs on the main television channels, on which Russians rely for their information about events at home and abroad, uniformly criticize the Ukrainian government and armed forces while supporting the actions of the Russian authorities.

Russians are also repeatedly told that the economic difficulties caused by sanctions and the low oil price are temporary and that ‘they can take it’ in a tone reminiscent of World War II.

The report commissioned by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) and prepared by the EaP CSF member organizations is published on the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit that will bring together EU and EaP leaders in Riga on 21 May.

EaP CSF recommendations stress that the best response for the local media, including publicly owned stations, is to report news in a balanced way. The report also urges media regulators in the EaP countries to be more active in controlling their airwaves and use legal means to counter violations of national laws by those perpetrating information warfare.

Executive Summary of the Report

Full Text of the Russian Media Monitoring Report

Monitoring results - Russian channels 2015

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