India is Running a Global Network of Fake News Websites Against Pakistan and Islam
Indian media is synonymous with fake news and propaganda and rightly so as Indians are among the most misinformed people especially due to sporadic misinformation and fake news shared on WhatsApp and other channels.
EU Disinfo Lab, an NGO focused on researching and tackling sophisticated disinformation campaigns, has exposed a network of 265 coordinated fake local media outlets connected with spreading misinformation against Pakistan and Muslims around the world.
The network, managed by an Indian influence network, is spread in more than 65 countries to serve the Indian government’s interests. It is aimed at influencing the European Union and the United Nations by sharing anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim content.
The findings of the investigation are as under:
1. Influence international institutions with coverage of specific events and demonstrations;
2. Provide NGOs with useful press material to reinforce their credibility and thus be impactful;
3. Add several layers of media outlets that quote and republish one another, making it harder for the reader to trace the manipulation, and in turn, offer a mirage of international support;
4. Influence public perceptions on Pakistan by multiplying iterations of the same content available on search engines.
Based in Brussels, eptoday.com, which claims to be a magazine for the EU Parliament, has been republishing news and op-eds focusing on anti-Pakistan matters and a huge number of matters related to India from outlets like Voice of America, and Russia Today to serve Indian interests, the European External Action Service’s East StratCom (the EU Disinformation Task Force) revealed in early October.
Interestingly, the stakeholders involved in managing EP Today have ties to a large network of think tanks, NGOs, and companies from the Srivastava Group, which hosts notorious media outlets like New Delhi Times and International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies (IINS). These are all based in New Delhi, which highlights why 27 controversial EU MPs visited the Indian Occupied Kashmir and met with PM Narendra Modi on the invitation of IINS.
Source: Pro Pakistani