Protecting democratic values by tackling pandemic-related disinformation

The project purpose is to monitor and analyse disinformation and media manipulations related to the coronavirus pandemic, and possible use of pandemic-related fake news and propaganda in order to influence or destabilise the situation in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in EaP countries. The project will compare manipulations by means of electronic media and social media in the context of the pandemic, with attention to the general and more specific, country-related narratives and methods, as well as connections between involved proxy groups.


The project is implemented in cooperation with the Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association (Romania), and the Latvian Institute of International Affairs.


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Report about the international roundtable discussion COVID-19 Conspiracies as Component of Hybrid Threats in the EU and EaP (31 July 2020) by the Armenian News and Analyses.


Armenian and Latvian participants' articles in the July issue of the EaP Monthly Bulletin, and Romanian participants' full article.


9 Sept. 2020 Our partner, director of the Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association Dr Angela Grămadă had an interview with Armenian News and Analysis about the role of civil society in dealing with misinformation about the pandemic and other issues.


The October issue of the EaP Monthly Bulletin features four articles related to the programme and the English version of Angela Grămadă's interview (originally published in Armenian on Sept. 9).


30 Dec. 2020 CPS vice president Armen Grigoryan participated in the discussion Conspiracy Theories as Political Tools organised by the Media Center (in Armenian).


The January issue of the EaP Monthly Bulletin features four articles related to the programme.


19 March 2021 CPS vice president Armen Grigoryan's article, Some Lessons about Civil Society’s Role during the Pandemic, published by the Black Sea NGO Forum.



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12/4/2020 The Washington Post: Russia’s state-backed media uses the pandemic to spin anti-Western views. They are not alone.


14/4/2020 The Eurasia Daily Monitor: Belarus Fights COVID-19 and an Information War


16/4/2020 Visegrad Insight: Coercion to Self-Isolation: All the Kremlin's Men Went Out to Fight COVID-19 in Belarus


24/4/2020 The New York TImes: Pressured by China, E.U. Softens Report on Covid-19 Disinformation


25/4/2020 Emerging Europe: The conspiracy theories made in Russia spreading faster than Covid-19


30/4/2020 ISFED, Georgia: Coordinated Network of False Media Pages on Facebook Operating with Political Intentions


Freedom House Nations in Transit 2020 report (see pp. 10-11, Fragile institutions open the door for Chinese Communist party influence)


1/5/2020 Newsweek: Russian State Television Pushes Conspiracy Theory Bill Gates Is Behind Coronavirus Pandemic


7/5/2020: 5G COVID-19 conspiracies grip Georgia


12/5/2020 Visegrad Insight: Hunger Riots in Europe? The Kremlin in Action


14/5/2020 EU vs. Disinfo: Capitalising on the Coronavirus Conspiracist Frenzy


15/5/2020 Allaince for Securing Democracy: Triad of Disinformation: How Russia, Iran, & China Ally in a Messaging War against America


27/5/2020 Foreign Policy: Yes, Blame WHO for Its Disastrous Coronavirus Response


10/6/2020 RFE/RL: EU: Russia, China Undermine Democracy With Coronavirus Disinformation


14/6/2020 International Strategic Action Network for Security: Kremlin's Influence Operations: Working Out Countering Mechanisms for Eastern Partnership Member States


16/6/2020 Forbes: 2,500 Posts, 300 Platforms, 6 Years: A Huge But Mysterious Pro-Russia Disinformation Campaign Is Exposed


11/7/2020 Forbes: Face Masks With 5G Antennas, The Latest Covid-19 Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory


20/7/2020 Visegrad Insight: Wake-Up Call: COVID-19 Infodemic


24/7/2020 Transitions Online: Czechia, More Resilient Than Ever


Black Sea NGO Forum: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Civil Society Sector in the Black Sea Region


3/9/2020 Transitions Online: Creating a Healthier Infosphere in Central Europe and Beyond


Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum: Supporting the Viability and Sustainability of EaP Civil Society During the COVID-19 Crisis


Czech Journal of International Relations, Vol. 55, No. 4/2020 (specoal issue): The Coronavirus and the Future of Liberalism


GLOBSEC Trends 2020: Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Western Balkans at the Times of Pandemic


Political Capital Institute: Main Narratives about COVID-19 in the V4 Countries During the First Wave of the Pandemic


Freedom House report: Freedom on the Net 2020: The Pandemic’s Digital Shadow


Dr Eran Bendavid, Prof John Ioannidis: Assessing Mandatory Stay-at-Home and Business Closure Effects on the Spread of COVID-19


International Politics and Society Journal: The EU's vaccine 'non-diplomacy'


Andrea Kendall-Taylor: Mendacious Mixture: The Growing Convergence of Russian and Chinese Information Operations