NEWSWATCH: “A way to get real news to Russia; A U.S. attempt to counter disinformation takes shape in Current Time” – Washington Post

Satellite Dishes

… Current Time television, a product of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Voice of America, is a 24/7 Russian-language television network based in Prague … aimed at audiences inside Russia as well as the borderlands of the former Soviet Union. … intended to provide ‘fair and accurate reporting, serving as a reality check on disinformation that is driving conflict in the region’ …. Russians get a large share of their news from television … the state has an outsized role in controlling and running most … channels. (… online, independent TV Dozhd is an exception.) … Russians also flock to social media, where they can see Current Time video … also … available on a website or by satellite. … from the Baltics to Central Asia, there are millions more potential viewers … many [with] … no Russian-language alternatives to Moscow’s TV broadcasting. … VOA and RFE/RL are made up of professional journalists. … they envision a television product that is fact-based and unflinching. A key … will be whether the reports will be deemed credible by audiences that have been fed a steady diet of anti-Americanism …. Breaking through to these viewers is a worthy goal, but it won’t be easy. ….

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