Hybrid Warfare: Putin just played a very interesting card

In one stroke Russia has named and shamed the culprits of the Information War waged against her and dealt multiple blows in years to come. Now, look at the top 15 and ask yourself what it tells you?

Germany is fooling no one while it tops the list and the so-called International Community is just a bunch of corrupt politicians in western capitals bidding for big capital.

This Index is here to stay as a constant reminder of which nations show duplicitous behaviour in their coverage of Russia.  An ever improving sophisticated propaganda (Read the Russian definition) tool developed to counter a sophisticated Mass Media campaign and render it useless in one blow.

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According to this methodology, there are two countries that currently engage in an “information war” against Russia: Germany and the U.S. The countries that follow after them but are less aggressive in their media policies include Austria, France, the UK and Poland.
According to this methodology, there are two countries that currently engage in an “information war” against Russia: Germany and the U.S. The countries that follow after them but are less aggressive in their media policies include Austria, France, the UK and Poland.

The Russian Institute for Strategic Studies introduced its first-ever World Mass Media Hostility Index, which measures potential anti-Russian bias in the media publications of different countries, and then assigns each country an overall score.

On Feb. 18 the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS),a think tank established by the Russian President in 1992, presented its new “World Mass Media Hostility Index,” the main goal of which is to rank how friendly countries are to Russia by analyzing their mass media content. It aims to identify the states that exercise the most aggressive media policy towards Russia and threaten its “information security.”

This analytical report is the result of detailed analysis of the media policies of different countries in 2014, when crucial shifts in the rhetoric employed by Western media about Russia occurred. The author of the mass media hostility index is a senior fellow at RISS, Dr. Igor Nikolaichuk. He suggests that, over the course of 2014, Western media started to “spread anti-Russian propaganda more actively than ever,” which he calls the beginning of “the global information war” against Russia.

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The RISS positions its index as the first-ever comprehensive analysis of the world’s media content pertaining to Russia. The analysis is based on complex statistical data (provided by Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya) that is examined via a new applied discipline known as “political mediametrics.” A unit for analysis is a significant media publication that gives a reader certain assessments of Russia or its leadership. Ordinary news was excluded from the analysis.

The origins of the World Mass Media Hostility Index

As the world entered the information age, the mass media took on a big part in our lives, and over the last decade, started to influence it to an even greater degree. The mass media contributes to the formation of public opinion and leads to the creation of certain narratives in the political discourse in a country, in a region or even in the world.

The word ‘propaganda’ in recent years has become a new favorite word in the media world. Google Trends show that interest in the word ‘propaganda’ has been rising over time in the ‘news search category’.

The conflict in Ukraine, which erupted in 2014, galvanized a struggle in the media space and contributed to the broad usage of the word ‘propaganda,’ which mostly referred to the information reported by state-owned media, particularly Russian state-owned media.

Propaganda, as defined by the Oxford dictionary, is “the information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.” The Russian dictionary of Ozhegov defines it as “spreading in society an explanation of ideas, thoughts, knowledge or learnings.”

The difference in the definitions is quite obvious, as is the perception of different types of information. From a Russian linguistic point of view, propaganda mostly serves as a tool for explanation of certain ideas, thoughts and policies. The Anglo-Saxon definition stresses the biased or misleading nature of the promoted information. Herein lies the main dichotomy in understanding the information war between Russia and the West.

However, there is a factor that contributes to the misunderstanding between both Russia and the West. In fact, Anglo-Saxon and Western countries dominate the global media world. This puts the Russian media in a sort of defensive position, forced to explain an alternative, different view of events that may not be popular in the West.

This inevitably led to a clash in the type of information the media promotes, especially at a time of geopolitical controversy. In such circumstances, information warfare became a real fact and the world media started to be engaged in a struggle for “hearts and minds” as never before.

The methodology and findings of the new index

Dr. Nikolaichuk says that the volume of analyzed data is about 70 thousand media pieces that were published between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 30, 2014. The data was monitored for 60 countries. Before the introduction of the research results, Dr. Nikolaichuk touched on the topic of – information security – that has turned into a top agenda issue in the world over the past 12 months. In the light of the Ukrainian crisis, hostile rhetoric in the world media towards Russia, predominantly Western, increased.

The index is calculated as the ratio of negative publications to neutral publications. The author defines a ratio of more than one neutral to five negative publications as an indicator that the country wages information warfare against Russia.

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According to this methodology, there are two countries that currently engage in an “information war” against Russia: Germany and the U.S. The countries that follow after them but are less aggressive in their media policies include Austria, France, the UK and Poland.

Here are some findings of the report. Based on the analysis of the media space around Russia in 2014, it became evident that the media front against Russia was comprised first of all by the Anglo-Saxon countries, EU states, Japan, Ukraine, Georgia and Jordan, reports Nikolaichuk. During 2014, Germany had the largest amount of significant publications about Russia – 8,929, followed by the U.S. – 5,771, the UK – 5,209, France – 4,810, and Switzerland – 4,105.

According to this methodology, there are two countries that currently engage in an “information war” against Russia: Germany and the U.S. The countries that follow after them but are less aggressive in their media policies include Austria, France, the UK and Poland.
According to this methodology, there are two countries that currently engage in an “information war” against Russia: Germany and the U.S. The countries that follow after them but are less aggressive in their media policies include Austria, France, the UK and Poland.

Among the European countries, Italy is out of the picture with its traditionally friendly rhetoric towards Russia. Belgium follows this example. Sweden and Denmark are dominated by the negative media approach; Norway and Iceland are predominantly neutral. The only country with a dominant positive trend in its media was Syria. If one were to compare 2014 with 2013, in 2013 the UK and Georgia had a neutral media policy towards Russia, and the mass media of South Africa, Canada, Japan, and Ukraine did not have strong anti-Russian tendencies. In general, the report concludes that the media environment for Russia worsened in 2014.

A comprehensive report on the Media Hostility Index will be released annually with a detailed description and analysis of trends that changed during the year. RISS also produces short weekly reports on changes in the Media Hostility Index to track how the media environment reacts to different international or domestic events.

RISS views this new index as the start of a comprehensive, statistically-backed product that intends to underscore the biased nature of Western media reporting on Russia, consequently raising this issue to a higher degree of attention and discussion.

Source: Russia Insider

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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11 thoughts on “Hybrid Warfare: Putin just played a very interesting card”

  1. The chart is definitely wrong – it displays the ranking instead of the score.

    The article links to
    http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/02/27/3956?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
    which links to
    http://www.russia-direct.org/analysis/russia-now-monitoring-world%E2%80%99s-mass-media-bias
    which links to
    http://www.riss.ru/actions/4283-risi-rejting-nedruzhelyubiya-k-rossii-mirovykh-smi-vyzval-interes#.VPPKwMuPeHB
    (in Russian) and is a completely differently written article.

    And all to prove what? – that in Russian eyes, all western media is biased. Duh.

  2. Do we know where Australia & New Zealand came in at?

    I would also be interested in the ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines.

  3. As a legal alien living currently in Australia I do find it strange, that Australia is not mentioned in the top 15, yet its media coverage of Russia and Putin must be at least as bad as the top two. Consider the reaction to Vladimir Putin at the recent G20 meeting in Brisbane, when there was not one word of support for Putin from any media or politicians and no desire expressed to even talk to him.
    So on the oceania Saker it seems a bit of an omission! It also must be said that Australia has and is playing a significant role in framing Russia over Ukraine, following threats to send Australian troops after MH17, and Abbott’s threat to ‘shirtfront’ Putin. Also, Poroshenko visited here last year and received a fantastic reception, with a disgusting spectacle of hand wringing on a stage together as partners to fight the bear…. We are also only second to the US in being an ally of the Zionist entity.

  4. Dr. Nikolaichuk is trying to battle Cognitive Dissonance with the sweet voice of reason. Yet the first order of battle is to know your enemy

    For more (much more) on how CD works there is a long and comprehensive article at
    http://oursolaris.blogspot.co.nz/
    “Dissecting the Media – The Words They Use, The Minds They Sway”

    Using specific news items from “The Independent” UK
    it details just how the mainstream media is used to:
    * subliminally inculcate specific agendas,
    * cleverly deny any alternative storylines,
    * constantly reinforce a specific worldview, to the exclusion of all alternatives

    It seems to target the ‘Lizard Brain, bypassing what passes for reason and objectivity for those unaware of how they are being manipulated.

    If you have an interest in protecting your mind from the
    predations of “The NeoCon Matrix” its worth consideration

    Maybe even the minds of your friends as well 🙂

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