EXIF metadata information of AENews (aeronet.cz) images reveals that Russian propaganda website uses Reuters, AP, and AFP photos. The anonymous reporters use tens of images probably without permission and they should face copyright infringement charges. At least it is known that they had not asked permission to use the images of Czech photographers. For example well-known artist Zewlakk would never license photos to endorse Russian propaganda.
Russian propaganda uses the idea of a plurality of truths to feed disinformation and devalue the notions of democratic accountability. Professional digital images enhance the credibility of AENews aggressive, often sophisticated and Internet-savvy propaganda campaign.
Many AENews stories were proven to be a complete fake. Despite this fact the anonymous reporters successfully undermined the Czech people’s trust in democratic politics and in free and fair media.
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