Russia starts Sputnik, to combat other’s propaganda

A Kremlin-sponsored media group launched a new international information agency on Monday to combat the “propaganda” of other world news media.

“We are against the aggressive propaganda that feeds the world and imposes a unipolar view,” said Dmitry Kiselyov, Director General of Rossiya Segodnya (or Russia Today) which launched the news agency Sputnik. Kiselyov, who is known as the Kremlin’s propagandist-in-chief, said that such news “can only result in bloodshed.”

The launch of Sputnik News, the new multi-platform agency, is the latest in Moscow’s multi-million dollar campaign to reach foreign audiences and underscores the Kremlin message that Western news agencies are biased against the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin last month lamented what he called “total control of the global media [that] has made it possible to -– when desired –- portray white as black,” the Associated Press reported.

One of the first pieces published by Sputnik News is an interview with Polish far-right politician and director of European Centre of Geopolitical Analysis Mateusz Piskorski in which he claims U.S. foreign policy today is driven by ‘Trotskyist’ ideals.

Another story published on Monday discusses “that rebellious breakaway region of South Florida” –- also known as Miami. Highlighting places including Crimea, Catalonia and Venice, the piece looks at places that supposedly want to “stake out their own claim.”

Sputnik News absorbed the former RIA Novosti and Voice of Russia Radio and will produce news solely for foreign audiences in 30 languages covering 130 cities in 34 countries, according to its website.

Its radio broadcasting will use “only modern formats, such as FM, digital DAB/DAB+ (Digital Radio Broadcasting), HD-Radio, as well as mobile phones and the Internet.”

The Rossiya Segodnya group also includes the RIA Novosti news agency, Voice of Russia Radio and the satellite TV channel RT, formerly Russia Today.

Source Credits: Christopher Miller | Mashable

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