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Parliamentary questions
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5 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mathilde Androuët (ID)
 Subject: Information warfare – is the Commission refusing to tell the whole truth?

According to Reuters and Politico.eu, the East Stratcom task force of the European External Action Service, which is linked to the Commission, reportedly greatly watered down the report it published on 24 April 2020 in which it sheds light on the information war being waged by Beijing over COVID-19. The reason for doing so seems to be fear of retaliatory measures alluded to by a ‘Chinese High Representative’. According to Reuters, this led to a sentence in the report stating that ‘China has continued to organise a global disinformation campaign to deflect blame for the spread of the epidemic and improve its international image’ using ‘overt and covert tactics’ being removed. The redacted version of the report states that official sources supported by various governments, including those of Russia and China, have continued to widely disseminate conspiracy theories and misinformation to the EU public. The East Stratcom task force was set up in 2015 to combat ‘Kremlin propaganda’.

What measures does the Commission intend to implement to increase transparency in the management of information about China?

Original language of question: FR
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