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J. Lester Feder
World correspondent . Banjo player, coffee geek, dog-lover, grumpy old man. Eeyore is my spirit animal.
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Belgium Is Investigating 3 Companies For Selling A Chemical Weapons Ingredient To Syria via
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J. Lester Feder Apr 17
The Era Is Happening In South Korea Whether It’s Ready For It Or Not via
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Extremely proud of our investigations team for being finalists in International reporting for the incredible series From Russia With Blood
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J. Lester Feder Apr 16
China's Weibo Just Walked Back A Ban On LGBT Content After Users Protested via
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J. Lester Feder Apr 12
A NATO Member Just Revealed It Has Captured Four Russian Spies In The Last Year via
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J. Lester Feder Apr 10
Facebook Has Been Accused Of Helping The Vietnamese Government Crack Down On Dissent via
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J. Lester Feder Apr 8
“We Had To Stop Facebook”: When Anti-Muslim Violence Goes Viral via
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J. Lester Feder Apr 5
Soros-Linked NGOs Fell Victim To A Sophisticated Undercover Operation. Hungary’s Prime Minister Benefited The Most.
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J. Lester Feder Apr 5
These Messages Show Julian Assange Talked About Seeking Hacked Files From Guccifer 2.0 via
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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To understand how fake news, unchecked media influence and social media manipulation can all be marshalled to sway a political outcome, Hungary is the textbook example. Start here.
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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A media expert in Hungary says “the biggest fake news producer is the public service media.”
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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One opposition politician told us “We are not running a democratic election on the 8th of April.” In this media environment, she says, “it’s almost impossible to show our values to the public.”
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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These tools have been in play in Hungary for more than a decade. Observers and critics of Orbán worry that the elections on April 8 will show just how bad things can get.
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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Now, it’s starting to look more like an early victim of the problems facing democracies throughout the West: the onslaught of fake news, manipulated social networks, and mainstream political parties exploiting racism and xenophobia.
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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Here’s the thing: Hungary is not unique. For years, the country worried EU officials and democratic watchdogs, who considered it especially at risk of sliding back into authoritarianism, even though it’s physically at the heart of the EU.
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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Orbán, plain and simple, asked Hungarians to use their vote on April 8 to take up arms as “Europe and Hungary stand at the epicentre of a struggle of civilizations.”
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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This is where Orbán’s speech comes in. All of this propaganda bolstered his words. In it, he said Africans threaten to “kick down the door” while the European Union is “not defending Europe.”
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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The country’s state TV even aired a special program featuring Hungarians who were said to have moved to Sweden and were terrified of immigrant neighbors — though one had actually returned to Hungary years earlier.
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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It’s important to understand: this was apparently not a renegade fake news operation. It seemed to be a coordinated, broad propaganda offensive that also involved Hungary’s official media.
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BuzzFeed News Apr 4
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These videos were promoted by the Facebook page of one of Hungary’s most important private TV news programs and a network of websites around the time of Orbán’s speech.
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