French and German authorities have written a joint statement in which they suggest that EU countries explore “creative ways” to disseminate “independent” information in Russia. The document was cited by Bloomberg news agency. In particular, it suggests creating media literacy courses in Russian for Russians, to be distributed by bloggers.
The document presents recommendations from technical experts in European countries. It recommends using “technical measures against Russian censorship,” such as ways to bypass site blocking. In addition, it suggests disseminating informational content in Russian for Russian citizens who live abroad. It is also recommended to create media literacy courses for Russian speakers. They will be distributed by video bloggers on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, Telegram channels and in “Vkontakte”.
The document is not official, but advisory in nature. According to Bloomberg, it was circulated to EU member states on the eve of a meeting of foreign ministers in Prague. In the document, France and Germany also called to maintain open channels of communication with Moscow, despite the EU sanctions.
In 2022, Russia ranked 155th out of 180 countries in a press freedom ranking compiled annually by the international organization Reporters Without Borders. Afghanistan (156th) ranked next after Russia in the press freedom ranking. According to RoskomSvoboda, more than 7,000 websites and links have been blocked in Russia since the start of the military operation in Ukraine on February 24.