New Propaganda and Disinformation Challenges for Visegrad/EaP states in the Changing Environment

Disinformation continues to be a serious challenge to democratic societies in Central and Eastern Europe. Especially activities of pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets on the Czech information scene are potentially harmful to our society. Therefore, the aim of this project is to monitor Sputnik CZ, one of the most well-known and active pro-Kremlin media in the Czech Republic.

In the first output of the series, researchers from Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) monitored the website Sputnik CZ in the period from October to December 2021 to map how it reflected the formation of the new Czech government.

In the second output, PSSI researchers analyzed the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the changing narratives of Sputnik CZ as the situation escalated, and the way it tried to justify Russian actions and subsequently legitimize the offensive. Additionally, the approach of both public and private institutions to the conflict and the transformation of the Czech (dis)information scene was examined.