Washington, D.C. — The Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) and the Odesa Center for Disinformation Studies (OCDS) – a part of Odesa National University (ONU) – have embarked on a groundbreaking collaboration aimed at countering the pervasive influence of Russian disinformation, particularly in Spanish-language media. This partnership signifies a major step in addressing the dissemination of Russian propaganda that is echoed in the narrative of Cuba’s official press and foreign policy.
OCB Director Sylvia Rosabal expressed her enthusiasm for the joint effort: “A professional study of the depth and impact of Russian propaganda in the Cuban press and official narrative better prepares the audience to differentiate objective information from malicious propaganda, whether it emanates from Russia, China, or Iran. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with the OCDS.”
Russian state-controlled media outlets, such as RT Actualidad and Sputnik Mundo, have been identified as primary sources of pro-Kremlin news content in Cuban media, often echoing Russia’s stance on the conflict in Ukraine. This collaboration seeks to dissect and understand these narratives to reduce their impact.
The OCDS, recently established within the Faculty of International Relations, Political Science, and Sociology at ONU, aims to analyze Russian disinformation tactics, focusing on their strategies and repercussions. The Center’s involvement in this project underscores a dedicated effort to cultivate a nuanced comprehension of Russian disinformation tactics. The outcome of this cooperation between OCB and OCDS will be useful in combating Russian disinformation and will be an effective tool in fulfilling our mission to inform the people of Cuba with objective and truthful facts.
This initiative seeks to address a widely recognized void of unbiased and accurate news in Cuba. By offering unique, well-informed perspectives, this partnership will equip audiences with the tools to effectively challenge and dismantle Russian disinformation. This new venture aligns with the strategic objectives of the U.S. Agency for Global Media’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, which highlights the critical need to counter global disinformation.
The Office of Cuba Broadcasting oversees Radio and Television Martí, its news website Martínoticias.com, and associated social media platforms. Headquartered 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, and digital platforms.
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