Now it's Sweden accusing Russians of launching fake news attack campaign
January 11, 2017
(INTERNATIONAL) -- What have the Russians been doing to Sweden lately? If you believe a Swedish policy institute, Russia has been pumping out a combination fake news, false documents and disinformation as part of a major campaign to influence public opinion and decision-making in Sweden.
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs said in a newly released study that Sweden had been the target of “a wide array of active measures” aimed at “hampering its ability to generate public support in pursuing its policies”.
The study here alleges Russia had used misleading reports on its state-run news website Sputnik, and public interventions by Russian politicians in Swedish domestic affairs as well as more covert methods in efforts undermine public confidence in the Scandinavian country.
The study says the reports included forged documents and fabricated news items that appeared in Swedish media and were subsequently picked up by Sputnik and “other sources of Russian public diplomacy” and broadcast to an international audience."
The report said researchers were not able to establish precisely where and how the forgeries and fake stories had been generated.