US to fight Russian propaganda in Baltics

US State Department announced a new training programme to counter 'Russian messaging' in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

US to fight Russian propaganda in Baltics

World Bulletin / News Desk

In order to counter "Russian messaging," the U.S. State Department has announced a $500,000 grant to a non-profit that offers an innovative journalist training program for credible news reporting in the Baltic states.

Through its embassy in Vilnius, U.S. announced the application period for private non-profit organizations to participate in the "Investigative Journalism Training to Counter Russian Messaging in the Baltics" programme.

The program offers financial aid for the training of early-career Russian-language journalists in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia so they can become providers of a "fact based and credible" take on world events.

"As Russian propaganda and misinformation multiplies, the media in all three countries need the skills and tools to counter it with fact-based, credible news reporting," the embassy’s announcement reads.

The U.S. State Department aims to improve "training and tools to increase journalists’ ability to counter Russian media messaging and misinformation."

The U.S. government believes the programme should inspire its apprentices to pursue "realistic investigative reporting project ideas" with “cash reporting awards." The recipient of the grant would be responsible for administering the program "in consultation" with the U.S. embassies in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ağustos 2015, 10:11