E.U. accuses China of waging pandemic disinformation campaign
“The pandemic showed that disinformation does not only harm the health of our citizens, but also the health of our democracies,” Vera Jourova, the senior E.U. official charged with rule-of-law issues, told reporters, unveiling a list of recommendations for the 27 E.U. member states to help promote facts and combat misinformation.
“We are clearly mentioning Russia and China,” she said. “If we have evidence, we should not shy away from naming and shaming.”
The warning came as E.U. countries have clashed with China on the coronavirus response. China moved aggressively to capitalize on E.U. disunity in the first weeks after the pandemic hit Europe, rushing supplies and experts to Italy and amplifying a message to Italians that Europeans were not showing solidarity with them. Later, the website of the Chinese Embassy in France made false claims that workers at homes for the elderly had abandoned their posts and left residents to die.
European and U.S. policymakers have long accused Russia of specific and strategic efforts to use false or misleading …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]