Gaslighting Europe : Russia's energy disinformation in the Czech Republic



Rok publikování 2024
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Energy Research & Social Science
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Fakulta sociálních studií

Klíčová slova Disinformation media; Hybrid warfare; Energy geopolitics; Energy weapon; Narratives
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Popis This study explores the narratives surrounding energy security, the Russia-Ukraine war, and natural gas, as conveyed by Russia's state-owned news outlet, Sputnik. We delve into how these narratives are reflected in the Czech Republic's disinformation media—a nation notably susceptible to Russian influence—and how they aid Russia in steering the local conversation to heighten vulnerability to energy manipulation. While a single Czech media outlet directly replicated Sputnik's content, numerous Czech misinformation platforms mirrored its themes, occasionally with their unique twists. Sputnik predominantly underscored Russia's position as a trustworthy gas provider and touched on gas pricing dynamics. The Czech media not only resonated with these themes but also brought in unique narratives, at times even questioning Russia's motives or critiquing U.S. involvement. This indicates that, despite some similarities, Czech misinformation outlets exhibit flexibility and individuality in their reporting. This research sheds light on Russia's energy-focused propaganda, which lays the groundwork for and enhances its potential active deployment of energy assets as instruments of power. As the EU strives to decrease its dependency on Russian gas, Russia continues to be a pivotal global energy stakeholder. Consequently, comprehending Russia's energy strategies is crucial to bolstering resilience against its energy-based influence.
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