3 July 201914:02

The Irish Times spreads fake news

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On June 24, The Irish Times ran an article entitled “Russians suspected of spreading fake news about Northern Ireland.” The article presents the findings of an “investigation” by the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory (DFRLab) at the Atlantic Council that suggest Russian intelligence services have allegedly used fake accounts and dozens of online platforms to spread false information in the form of fake emails, tweets, etc. It appears Russia is being blamed for posting divisive and inflammatory content “in a bid to stir tensions within and between countries, including Ireland and the UK.”

The fact that journalists writing for a respected publication rely on materials from the Atlantic Council and affiliated platforms puts the credibility of the data they publish into question. It is no secret that this “independent think-tank” financed by the foreign policy and defence departments of the United States, Great Britain and a number of other NATO member countries serves the political interests of the North Atlantic Alliance (while Ireland is not a NATO member). By referring to such individuals as DFRLab senior researcher and well-known Russophobe Ben Nimmo, who, by the way, had previously worked for the NATO press office, The Irish Times is jeopardising its own reputation as an independent media outlet. We believe that this Irish newspaper has revealed itself to be a tool in the dirty information war against Russia. As it accuses Moscow of spreading fakes, the publication itself is replicating inaccurate information.

We consider the statements made in the DFRLab investigation and reprinted by The Irish Times to be slanderous and groundless. Paranoid claims about creating fake accounts, forging tweets and emails are not supported by any facts or specific evidence. As before, “highly likely” is the sole argument provided by the Western propaganda machine.





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