Is the West Loosing the Information War?
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A seminar with Elisabeth Robson, Iain Elliot, and Peter Pomerantsev held on 14th May 2014.
Next year the Russian government will spend $1.4 billion (£866m) on international propaganda – more than on unemployment benefit. In January, Russia Today launches a Spanish service aimed at Latin America, a region of growing Kremlin geopolitical interest. RT already broadcasts in Arabic. A 24-hour English-language TV channel is planned to soften Kremlin's image and win over English-speaking viewers. The Kremlin has trebled the budgets for its main state news agencies, Ria Novosti and ITAR-Tass, despite Russia's deep economic crisis, and revived the Soviet-era radio station Voice of Russia.China has similarly demonstrated its intention to become an internationally leading player in the fields of information and cyber warfare.
Meanwhile, US funding on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been cut back and the BBC’s Russian service has been reduced. Despite its declared faith in the effectiveness of soft power, the EU spends remarkably little on promoting democratic values.
These trends were examined at a seminar at the Danube Institute on 14th May 2014. Leading the discussion has been Dr Elisabeth Robson, former head of the BBC Russian Service, Dr Iain Elliot, former Associate Director of Radio Liberty and editor of the Soviet Analyst, and Peter Pomerantsev, a journalist and documentary film maker.
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