After almost every election or referendum which has occurred in Western countries during the past few years, suspicions arose that authoritarian states (namely The Russian federation) tried to secretly intervene and manipulate the results. One common technique was spreading disinformation, half-truths, and hoaxes through sites or social networks.
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This strategy was also utilized by domestic non-democratic actors. Czech Republic was not an exception. That is why this project series aimed to observe news and articles published on Czech disinformation websites during four election campaigns during 2017 and 2019 and to evaluate which narratives they are spreading and who are their favorite candidates.
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Dates of implementation: 2017 – 2019
The data-gathering was conducted using the >versus< media monitoring tool, developed by the Beacon Project of the International Republican Institute. The Beacon Project supports a stronger and broader transatlantic dialogue on identifying and closing the democracy gaps in our societies exploited by domestic and foreign hostile disinformation campaigns.