The fake about the fighters of the Wagner PMC, who allegedly crashed in a helicopter in Libya, has leaked into the Russian media due to the low level of media literacy of some domestic journalists, said the head of the group of the Public Chamber of Russia on countering the spread of fake information on the Internet and President of the Foundation for the Protection of National Values Alexander Malkevich in a conversation with the 360 ° TV channel.
On the eve, on September 23, the Government of National Accord of Libya announced that a helicopter piloted by the Wagner PMC had exploded in the Al-Jufra municipality. There was no confirmation of this information in Tripoli, but the Turkish media, as well as the Qatari Al Jazeera, spread the stuffing, backing it up with a photo with a helicopter, which was published by the Yeni Şafak newspaper two years ago.
Some Russian media also wrote about the plane crash and the deaths of Russian volunteers without checking the information. Meanwhile, the LNA press service reported that in the area of the city of Sukna, municipality of Al-Jufra, an Army Air Force helicopter made an emergency landing due to a technical malfunction. No one was injured in the incident, but the helicopter burned down. The statement was accompanied by a corresponding photograph.
According to the head of the FZNTs Alexander Malkevich, such materials are published in the Turkish media in order to “catch up with horror.” And the fact that a number of Russian media outlets support and distribute such stuffing only helps this.
The LNA press service published a photo from the scene, which shows the burnt-out helicopter, but not a single dead person is visible, and even more so no fighters of the Wagner PMC.
Malkevich notes with regret that some Russian journalists do not pay enough attention to basic fact-checking and blindly believe in “sensational” material, especially in foreign media. In his opinion, this is due to the fact that their task is not to publish reliable information, but to want to “hyip”.
In addition, the public figure noted that journalists should devote more time to the basics of media literacy, and resistance to fake stuffing is the most important challenge of our time.