Merkel Declares War On "Fake News" As Europe Brands Russia's RT, Sputnik "Dangerous Propaganda"

Tyler Durden's picture

Picking up the torch on the most hotly debated topic by the humiliated US mainstream media, namely the spread of so-called "fake news" (not to be confused with Brian Williams lying for years on prime time TV, and which until recently was branded far simply as "conspiracy theory"), German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Wednesday against the power of fake news on social media to roil the establishment and to spur the rise of populists, after launching her campaign for a fourth term.

Speaking in parliament for the first time since her announcement Sunday that she would seek re-election next year, Merkel cautioned that public opinion was being "manipulated" on the internet.

"Something has changed -- as globalisation has marched on, (political) debate is taking place in a completely new media environment. Opinions aren't formed the way they were 25 years ago," she said.

Quoted by France 24, she said that "Today we have fake sites, bots, trolls -- things that regenerate themselves, reinforcing opinions with certain algorithms and we have to learn to deal with them." The chancellor said the challenge for democrats was to "reach and inspire people. However, should that fail, Merkel essentially suggested the time for censorship has come: "we must confront this phenomenon and if necessary, regulate it."

She said she supported initiatives by her right-left coalition government to crack down on "hate speech" on social media in the face of what she said were "concerns about the stability of our familiar order".

She warned that "Populism and political extremes are growing in Western democracies."

Merkel's warning comes a week after Google and Facebook (which overnight was revealed to have a "tool" ready to implement regional censorship) moved to cut off ad revenue to bogus news sites after a US election campaign in which the global misinformation industry may have influenced the outcome of the vote.

Perhaps a reason for Merkel's concern is that while her conservative Christian Democrats are largely favourites to win the German national election, expected in September or October 2017, she is facing a strong challenge from a resurgent rightwing populist party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has her liberal refugee and migration policy in its crosshairs.

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Meanwhile, just as Merkel was launching Europe's war on "fake news", Europe's bureaucrats were one step ahead, and in a shocking move, on Wednesday the EU Parliament voted on a non-legislative resolution which calls for the EU to “respond to information warfare by Russia.” Russian news websites RT and Sputnik news agency were alleged to be among the most dangerous "tools of Russian propaganda."

A total of 691 lawmakers participated in the vote: 304 voted in favor of the resolution dubbed ‘EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties’, 179 voted against and 208 abstained from voting. Authors of the document equate counteracting Russia with the resistance to Daesh terrorist group and call on EU member states to boost financing counter-propaganda projects.

Written by a Polish member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, Anna Fotyga, the report alleged that Moscow aims to "incite fear and divide Europe," and called for the establishment of measures to tackle the perceived Russian propaganda threat. The report suggests that Moscow provides financial support to opposition parties and organizations in EU member states, causing disintegration within the bloc.

In other words: to counter alleged Russian propaganda, Europe is unleashing it own, very much formal counter-propaganda. 

As a result of the vote, Russia is now accused of "information warfare," with such entities as RT TV channel, Sputnik news agency, Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency and the Russkiy Mir (Russian World) fund alleged to be among its most threatening propaganda "tools."

The document also places Russian media organizations alongside terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Sputnik has already appealed to the UN, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and a number of international journalists' organizations and NGOs, including Reporters Without Borders, to take measures to stop what it considers to be interference into freedom of speech in the EU. "The resolution hits straight at a number of respected media, including Sputnik agency, and has an aim to stop their activity in the EU. Moreover, the resolution bluntly contradicts the  EU's own human rights and freedom of press norms," reads the letter signed by Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.

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Shortly after the vote Vladimir Putin slammed the EU parliament resolution against Russian media. He said that Europe is trying to "teach" Russia democracy. Putin added that the EU Parliament's resolution demonstrates "political degradation" in regard to the "idea of democracy" in the West. He also pointed out that while "everyone tries to lecture" Russia on democracy, European lawmakers themselves resort to a policy of restrictions, "which is not the best way" to deal with any issues.

"More recently — and these attempts are still ongoing — they [European officials] tried to 'teach us' democracy, and we have always heard from these 'teachers' that the most vicious way to do business with opponents is to ban something and that it is not consistent with the principles and norms of democracy. Open discussion is always the best way," Putin said.

Adding that he hopes the Western move to "counter Russian propaganda" won't lead to serious restrictions, the president congratulated RT and Sputnik journalists on their work.

He concluded that the EU parliament resolution is an "evident sign of degradation of the Western society's vision of democracy," Putin said. It is curious how many "western society" citizens agree with him.

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War Machine's picture

It is the AngloZionist Empire

versus the Free Peoples of Middle Earth.

Merkel is a servant of Morgoth, her contempt for the German people, in particular its women, is open, obvious, and 1000% about denigrating the ethnic German majority per the Kalergi Plan, which by now is conspiracy fact.

she deserves 2 in the back of the head, and shame on the German people for not arresting and trying her.

apply whatever label you wish but she hates Germans. HATES them, and hates free speech and her complaints about 'populism' should be read as 'democracy' and 'fake news' read as 'truth.'

Sooner or later, they will clamp down hard on the internet, as ever under the guise of stopping 'hate'.

Selective assassinations of top AngloZio officials would prevent oceans of blood.

then again, the fact that many Germans will still vote for her may mean that Germany has already been fatally wounded. I hope not.

Neighbour's picture

Get ready to be RED FLAGGED and TAGGED as ENEMIES of the NATION...this site among many others will be silenced and put down.


No more freedom of speech or thought in the coming years.

If we do not conform we will be imprisoned for treason...OBAMA  IDEOLOGY is going nowhere, we the people are the enemy!

Huh Reeeally's picture

There are ways to improve our odds. Good VPN servers are a start. We can get out of the google sphere by using, it still uses a proxy for searches and does not use google search results. and both use google search through a proxy so users are stuck with the google influence/censorship there. There's a new web browser out called Brave, and it does not use google ads etc, it's created by the same people that started Firefox.

As long as a site is up, you should be able to get to it, unless they mess with the DNS servers. The best sites will have dedicated IP addresses that we can use to connect and avoid page not found errors.


sister tika's picture

Hopefully, Obama will be gone soon. He then can move on to his dream job at Fantasy Tan as a towel boy.

RealityCheque's picture

Freenet, Zeronet. P2P technology will take a massive leap forward exactly 1 second after the real censorship begins.

It's the internet, nothing is ever forgotten, nothing is ever eliminated.

tuetenueggel's picture

These criminal european EU - morons are the same as it was with Hitler:

Hitler launched laws, that it was by death penalty forbidden to listen to foreign radio stations. We have the same situation now: If you get your information from foreign press ( the only way to get informed what happens in Germany.) they call you NAZI.

OK, so i´m a NAZI and even proud of it.

We cannot force them to tell the truth. But we can force them to lie more and more and bend truth untill it breaks.

Jam's picture

Merkel put herself up for reelection soon. If she gets voted in Germans are further gone then I can only have imagined. Kind of of shame, being that I have German blood, I always used to be proud of that fact.

Akzed's picture

Funny how this takes off all at once, ain't it?

Akzed's picture

"Opinions aren't formed the way they were 25 years ago," she said.


No shit Sherlockheimer!

mrbyrite's picture

This will backfire.  We are seeing the stazi breaking out but its too late to stem the tide

Calculus99's picture

Always remember the main lie of western propaganda - we don't do it, only the nasty Russians/Chinese/any other enemy due jour do it.

Calculus99's picture

Someone should declare war on Merkel the Jerkel.

gaoptimize's picture

As a fan of Max Keiser, one of the TRUTHIEST people on earth, telling the truth before it was popular in the alternative financial press, I am ashamed of both Merkel and the European Parliment.

One-Eyed-Thong's picture
One-Eyed-Thong (not verified) Nov 23, 2016 10:55 AM

i hate all those fake reports about fake rapes going on in fake germany

.... everone is fucken happy


Salzburg1756's picture

she is even more detestable than hillary

silvermail's picture

If Adolf Hitler were alive, he would have applauded Ms. Merkel standing!

I never thought that I would hear such a statement from Frau Merkel.
I'm sorry, but I think that Frau Merkel - a disgrace for Germany and all of Europe.
And I am sure that just as I, now thinks the billions of others people around the world.

Moe Howard's picture

If you don't like the truth, shoot the messenger.


Works until it does not.

lasvegaspersona's picture

wow Merkle  sounds!!!

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Sounds like something big - something YUUUGE! - is coming down, and Jerkel & Co are all rushing to get their Fake News narrative in place before it hits - and THEY hang.

olebugger's picture

Merkel should declare war on those Muslim rapists that are flooding into their country and molesting their blonde daughters!!!! 

qomolangma's picture

Merkel is incubating a new cocktail of race in GER in particular and EU in general. Rape is just one method.

sister tika's picture

It didn't take very long for the "fake news" meme to cross the pond. Note that the Satanist cow Merkel immediately points the finger at Russia as the problem.

Azannoth's picture

Russia is just the scape goat soon we all will be "Putin's agents"

dexter_morgan's picture

The MSM doth protesteth too much.

Making it hard to hide things.

I G Y's picture

Yankee Doodle, Deplorables, and now Fake News. These intended insults make terrific rallying cries.


qomolangma's picture

The EU now reaches a new level of lows!

xrxs's picture

Fake news = actual journalism

Real news = a handful of multi-billion dollar media conglomerates regurgitating PTB talking points to manufacture consent

Praeda2's picture

You do know that Beijing made reporting illegal earlier this year, yes? That's what this is. You can post anything unique. Only respond to state approved items.

Road Hazard's picture

RT is propaganda because they tell the truth? Funny.

This is a sign that the families that control the politicians are losing their grip as social chaos continues to spread and people wake up to the ugly reality of the ruling elite pulling the strings of "elected" officials.

"In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

"Truth is treason in an empire of lies."

Who knew George Orwell could have predicted the future so well.


TradingTroll's picture

This Merkel news....its fake. I say so. LOL.

johnwburns's picture

But China and India are just swell to this depraved bag lady. They are never a source of false information nor is the Muslim world. Its just that asshole in Russia who isn't buying into the corporate model that is bugging you, and them. Well, 1984 was published in 1949 so its clear that revealing their plans isn't a threat to them. Europe is in the grip of a real submission fetish. 

MrBoompi's picture

Many of the key stories we see and hear from mainstream sources are delivered without proof or some other way of verififying what is being said is true.  In many cases, these are themselves fake news stories.  What pisses people like Merkel off is when they are exposed for being lying gasbags.  The media gets exposed too.  And since much of the media is "managed" by intel agencies, too bad for them I guess.   

hooligan2009's picture

merkel is (a large) part of the problem. what she cannot tolerate is anyone or anything that does not enable her to feed at the trough of tax payers money.

check this statement out.

"Today we have fake sites, bots, trolls -- things that regenerate themselves, reinforcing opinions with certain algorithms and we have to learn to deal with them." The chancellor said the challenge for democrats was to "reach and inspire people. However, should that fail, Merkel essentially suggested the time for censorship has come: "we must confront this phenomenon and if necessary, regulate it."

now turn it into the truth that is being denied by the corrupt housefrau, whose policies, morals and ethics have condemned most of europe to debt servitude, welfare dependency and terrorist attacks.

"Today we have the internet that exposes our propaganda despite our fake sites, bots, trolls -- the truth that has itself despite all our proaganda efforts tothe contrary and our reinforcing opinions with certain algorithms. We have to learn to suppress, distort and eliminate this truth." The chancellor said the challenge for democrats was to "suppress and demotivate people from seeking to nourish the truth. However, should that fail, Merkel essentially suggested the time for censorship has come: "we must confront this phenomenon and if necessary, regulate it and destroy anyone that dares to tell the truth."

fact is that merkel has infected with a socialist dogma that cannot be afforded and which has lowered german living standards because of poor quality and a goal seek of the lowest (immigrant) common denominator. Never mind, the german  volk are smart and know that change is global AND that merkel is an aging, out of touc and out of date cold war dinosaur

me or you's picture

Now telling the truth is considered propaganda. Soon truth tellers and truth seekers will be treated like terrorists or worst. 

shine's picture

Free speech is one of the cornerstones of democracy. EU is starting to ban and even prosecute free speech (anti-immigrant people were prosecuted, RT&Sputnik are going to be hindered...). This is a very clear sign that EU is becoming a totalitarian, police state.

Since EU also wants to completely ban civil possession of firearms ( it is obvious that EU is quickly moving into a direction of a Stalinist totalitarian oppressive regime.

So, in the 20th Century the East was destined to experience communism... and in the 21st Century, it is the West's turn to experience it...

Azannoth's picture

Certain truths are already illegal in Germany, once you start legislating truth there is no end to it.

Fireman's picture

For god's sake NEVER EVER mention "ovens" in Germany or the lack of such "ovens" or indeed "gas chambers" in you know where locations.

 Du meine Güte!

Fireman's picture

Merkel is the worst thing to happen to Germany since Adolf Hitler and unfortunately it could get a lot worse before this fascist is finally removed from power in 2017.



"It has been proven over and over again that the Clinton Foundation receives large donations from abroad. However, a striking revelation came recently when it turned out that a German state institution was also among its sponsors.

According to Sputnik Germany, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) appeared on the list of sponsors of the Clinton Foundation on the official website of the latter and is assumed to have donated from one to five million US dollars to the American institution.


Some Internet users from Germany have already expressed their criticism in this context.

“Oh no, does it belong to the federation?! Our government has just donated a million or two to the Clinton Foundation?!” a comment said.

The GIZ confirmed on its website that it has donated a total of 2.4 million euro to the Clinton Foundation from 2013 to 2016. The money was supposed to finance a project that was commissioned to the Foundation by Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In the framework of the project, the Clinton Foundation has been responsible for the implementation of a development initiative in Africa and was supposed to use the donations “to equip health centers (f.e. in Malawi) as well as educate health care workers,” an official GIZ statement said. Around 500,000 people in Malawi were supposed to receive access to essential health, HIV / AIDS and nutrition services thanks to the program."


It only remains to be seen if the apparently sexless Frumpy has the same taste in "Pizza" as her Clintonite buddies!

LA_Goldbug's picture

" before this fascist is finally removed from power "
I am getting the feeling this will not happen. For all the damage she has done you would think they would send her to North Korea. BUT Noooooooooooo, she is still there.

Posa's picture

Like it or not... Merkel's dog face is the face of Germany in recent years...

stecha's picture

LMFAO that nazi cunt didnt cry wolf for the lies that was spued in the name of billay clumpf. What a totall waste of human flesh she is. Why is evey nation being run by a woman either failing miserably or on the brink of failing miserably. Stupid returds that thought a woman could lead should be put down. Maybe those scumbag MUZLUMPS have something there. Men in the US are trained to be such cowards anymore. Grow some real balls you fucking cowards and tell that wench where her real place is..

LA_Goldbug's picture

Feminize the population. This is cultural warfare at its best but don't tell the sheep this.

Mean time kids are left at home to stare into their smart phones.

GreatUncle's picture

Merkel cautioned that public opinion was being "manipulated" on the internet.'

You mean we no longer believe you Merkel or any of the other western propaganda.

Only way back now is for a 100% honest media, not going to happen.

How many rapes has the media in europe not reported today?

Seems a fair question, like the weather, do we have any rape hotspots or crimewaves to report?

Il Girondino's picture

About time the NGOs stop bothering the usual center africans and start worrying about human rights in the european union

Posa's picture

The Euro-cruds led by the bovine Frau Merkel never explain is why Russian propaganda is so convincing and strong... and their own completely truthful news outlest fail so miserably. Particularly when it comes to cranking up confrontational initiatives that escalate the chances of nuclear war, the EU Propaganda machine seems particularly ineffective.

Perhaps it comes down tio the simple matter of which team exudes "The Ring of Truth"... Putin of course easily debunks Merkel's cries for censorship... What kind of liberal freedom is censorship, Putin asks.

Fireman's picture

All of these fascist pigs imagine that the "truth" is what they say it is. How fucking quaint that Frumpy still hasn't come out of her East German STASI cocoon after all these years shilling for the anglozionazi empire of chaos.


Udo Ulfkotte ... I am a presstitute, a whore for the establishment. I disseminate filthy lies for the powers that be.


Apparently for ex commie ex STASI Frumpy Merkill the truth is the enemy even as it was when she was part of the privileged scum in East German vassal entity of the Soviet Union. I always wonder how much the CIA paid for this wretch's dossier and what kind of evil lies therein.


Fractured fairies tails from the STASI vaults!

inosent's picture

I get my 'news' from the posters at ZH. Scattered throughout are links here and there, book references, and thinking that I take the time to entertain because I am pretty sure most of the posters here are very smart, been around, and not the usual bullshitter. Any government controlled by evil ppl driven by an evil purpose will be deathly afraid of the truth, because the truth is the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, or you might want to say weapon of government destruction, and then a weapon of mass construction.

"It is better that one man should die than our demonic scam gets exposed and we lose all the money, prestige and power we have, and everything we built upon the evil foundation we laid comes crashing down", said the sleazeball juden about the humble enigma Jesus, whose Truth was a lethal virus to the levitical fraud. Indeed, in this case, Rome sacked Jerusalem in 70 AD and the little jew rats were crushed in the rubble. It is a tragic fact it was not all, and/or the myth didn't die with it, and they or those who have co-opted the myth have come back, and with a vengeance - fittingly the very sorts of people like Merkel and all those who move within her orbit.

The cancer of jew world order zionism has run into a snag. Brexit 1, Brexit 2, and as I have predicted, the potential foreshadowing of other Brexits, like Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Ireland, and the ultimate Germany, France, and the no more EU, which means no more Euro, which mean sell Euro, which is what is happening for the moment.

The jews' system modernly they have so carefully constructed is at risk of a total collapse. The rats they are, apparently and generally, and maybe even convincingly seeing the writing on the wall, are scurrying over to the life boats with UK and USA written on them, divesting themselves from the remaining victim of what appears to be a genuine "movement" amongst the masses - which I think is the case.

I think it is clear the people of the European heritage in Europe and the uSA have had enough of the jew world globalist nation destroying order, so the jews are frantically making all their moves now to take control of that movement so it 'moves' in their direction, and given the blindness and/or complicity of the 'movers' when it comes to the chronic pandering the jew for many stupid reasons, don't be surprised to see an organic impulse to reject the jew (the effect) to a blind embracing of the jew (the cause), only to once again see the sinister effect of the jew, and then 'move' again to reject the jew without identifying the source of the disease, dooming the world forever, with respect to this issue, to 'rinse and repeat'.

Nonetheless, for the moment, whether this entire "movement" has been orchestrated by the jew, it is happening, and despite any purposeful manipulation by the jew on the populace to 'cause' it, within the heart and soul of those 'moving', what we see is a prevailing mindset and passionate rejection of key articles of the jew world order, the most basic one being the deletion of nation states, because unless you get rid of those, especially with all having unique customs, cultures, languages and laws, that often are very difficult to reconcile with another (which is really a very good thing), it is impossible to impose a universal world order, with a one size fits all 'law' and culture and so on - completely impossible.

Of course, it could actually be something the jews neither caused, wanted, or foresaw. Either way, its happening. Given the EU attack on media that gives voice to truths that resonate with this Tsunami of Globalist Rejection (TGR), if the jew 'planned' for this to happen, it looks like things have gotten out of their control.

The day Jesus set foot in Jerusalem and opened his mouth to tell the truth is the day what passed for the levitical scam was destroyed - and it really still is, despite the desperate (and tragically, extremely lethal) efforts to keep it going.

By the same measure, Brexit 1 was the modern prophet that opened its mouth, foretelling the end of the EU, which surely includes the end of Merkel, the Euro, and a substantial (but never mortal) blow to the machinations of the jews, which is really the core of the satanic enterprise on planet earth.

The juden scum, outraged by all the people cheering Jesus, hailing him as their hero, showing him their great love and gratitude for all his words and deeds to date, as he rode into Jerusalem on the donkey, commanded Jesus that he make the people stop, to which Jesus said, "if these people, who are passionately and with much love and gratitude are cheering me, should be forced to hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out and cheer all the more."

In other words, Merkel and her juden scum can try all they can to stifle the truth, but as my wife likes to say you can't cover the sun with a finger.

R.I.P. EU - the good people are rising up and have spoken.