The World according to Russia Today
International news channel Russia Today is ‘a propaganda machine’, according to the US Secretary of State John Kerry. The channel was established in 2005 to show the Russian perspective on world events, as a counterweight to channels such as BBC World, CNN and Al-Jazeera. But in recent years, the channel became discredited. This was also the case during the crisis in Crimea and the MH17-disaster. According to critics, there would be distortion of facts, lack of fair hearing and occasional harsh lies. What is the Russian view of reality? Medialogica spoke with people directly involved and investigated what it is like to work for Russia Today. How much influence does the Kremlin actually have? And is it possible to separate facts from opinions when the Russian view on reality is central?