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.
Video of the international roundtable discussion COVID-19 Conspiracies as Component of Hybrid Threats in the EU and EaP (31 July), and a report about the event by the 1in.am Armenian News and Analyses.
9 Sept. 2020 Our partner, director of the Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association Dr Angela Grămadă had an interview with 1in.am Armenian News and Analysis about the role of civil society in dealing with misinformation about the pandemic and other issues.
Video of the international roundtable discussion The Pandemic: Challenges Faced by Civil Society (29 September).
The October issue of the EaP Monthly Bulletin features 4 articles related to the programme and the English version of Angela Grămadă's interview (originally published in Armenian on Sept. 9).
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