Global War of Disinformation | Article

David Ordaz

Aeschylus, the Greek playwright, wrote that, In war, the first casualty is truth, and today we see this in conflicts such as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip, where mass mediaboth from the east and from the west, manipulated lfacts and even go so far as to lie and misinform in order to push a narrative in the interests of commercial, political, business goals, among other things.

In a few days, it will be a month since the Hamas attack in the Gaza Strip, which left thousands of people dead, injured and forced from their homes, and which provoked a strong response from the Israeli government, which also left a trail of death, destruction and thousands without homes and/or basic services to live on.

From the very beginning of this attack, countries supporting both sides became involved and, through their leaders, wanted to impose a speech defending how “good” some people are and inciting hatred towards those they consider “bad”. ‘.

In an unusual development, the American network CNN (known for its reporting rigor) has already received a couple of accusations over its coverage of the conflict.

A few days after the bombings began, a reporter and her team from this media outlet showed live how they took cover from the attack, and this situation gradually became apparent as the supposed scenario they were following. A few days later, An Egyptian activist confronted a journalist about a proposed installation at the Rafah border crossing.

For her part, reporter Sarah Sidner was forced to apologize after defending the Israeli government’s claims that Hamas beheaded 40 babies on live television – facts that have not been confirmed.

“Yesterday, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said it confirmed that Hamas beheaded babies and children while we were alive. Today the Israeli government says it CANNOT confirm the beheading of babies. I should have been more careful with what I said and I’m sorry,” Sidner wrote on Twitter.

There are dozens of videos on social networks that have been broadcast in the media. One of them went viral where you can see helicopter Israeli get hit by a missileHowever, the said video was published on the channel from YouTube in September, but it corresponds to a simulation video game called Weapon 3.

Or the images presented where Palestine was supposedly under red skies due to explosions and rocket launches. rockets, but which, according to user comments, would have belonged to the celebration of the victory in the football championship in Algeria.

A few hours ago, it was announced that Romanian journalist Cristina Cileaca was accused of trying to imitate a Hamas attack while reporting live on local TV channel Digi 24 from Israel, and where passers-by were seen not even reacting to what was happening. attack suspected explosion.

Social media has become a wave of misinformation about the war that should alarm us, both those of us devoted to news and as consumers of information.

In this regard, the Media Wise Institute, an organization that promotes the consumption of reliable information, points out that the amount of disinformation in this conflict is such that it dwarfs what happened during the COVID-19 pandemic or the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

From my side, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Indian that disinformation is becoming a problem for journalists in place because False information spreads on digital platforms at high speed and in large quantities, making it difficult to verify.

The truth is that hemanipulation of information should also be considered and punished as an act censorship To Freedom of the presswhere journalists and reporters risk their lives to inform, but mostly Sometimes they have to obey the decisions of the executive branch. responsible for large hegemonic media and what they form Part A system of lies.

It is important to encourage journalists and the media to improve their Content verification control to avoid publishing false news about any And avoid sharingThat in social networks to gain followers and think that Internet users should consume reliable and verified informationTo.

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