New partnership provides fact checking support to combat on Russian disinformation in Cuba
MIAMI, FL — Radio and Television Martí and the Ukrainian fact-checking outlet, StopFake.org, today launched a joint project to counter Spanish-language Russian propaganda circulating in Cuba.
Beginning February 24, 2023, one year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Radio and Television Martí will dedicate a section of its website to fact-checking false and misleading information about the war in Ukraine.
“Because of the alliance between Havana, Moscow, and Beijing, disinformation on the island is rampant,” said Office of Cuba Broadcasting Director Sylvia Rosabal. “I’m extremely proud of this partnership and the benefits it will provide the Cuban people.”
Russian media claims being fact-checked on the site include statements such as, “The Ukrainian government ‘calls for the genocide of the Russians,’” and “The U.S. was planning a war and a crisis in Europe.”
Kremlin-controlled media outlets RT, Sputnik, and RIA-Novosti have been the main providers of news content on the war in Ukraine for the Cuban official press, including Prensa Latina, Granma, Trabajadores, Cubadebate, and the digital sites of provincial newspapers.
The partnership between StopFake.org and Radio and Television Martí is expected to counter the stream of false information being fed to Cuban media. StopFake.org was founded by Mohyla School of Journalism at National University in Kyiv, in 2014 to detect and disprove false information and propaganda. In addition, StopFake is part of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and verifies information for the Meta platform (Facebook) as a third partner.
The Office of Cuba Broadcasting oversees Radio and Television Martí at its headquarters in Miami, Florida. The Martís are a multimedia hub of unbiased and objective news, information, and analysis that provide the people of Cuba with interactive programs seven days a week through satellite television, shortwave and AM radio, on social media, and online at martinoticias.com.
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