EU DisinfoLab exposes another fake Indian forum

EU DisinfoLab exposes another fake Indian forum

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Islamabad: EU DisinfoLab, a disinformation monitoring agency based in Brussels, has published a forum that promotes India’s diplomatic interests and criticizes Pakistan’s content to influence the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).

After the shocking report of the disinformation watchdog, board of members of the fake forum South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF) have resigned after increasing pressure and calls for stepping down.

According to EU DisinfoLab, South Asia Democratic Forum was ambiguously created in 2011 by the Srivastava group. The news outlets were managed by Indian stakeholders, with ties to a large network of think tanks, NGOs, and companies from the Srivastava Group.

It is pertinent to mention here that in November, the non-governmental group, after carrying out investigation, in its initial findings had uncovered a nexus of 265 fake media outlets across 65 countries to influence the EU and the UN with content critical of Pakistan.

Allegedly, these platforms promote India’s geopolitical interests by republishing promotional videos and monographs.

The European Union DisinfoLab has discovered links between zombie companies, dormant media and legally existing organizations, lobbying the European Union and the United Nations, and constantly targeting Pakistan.

Questionable news portals mentioned in the investigation include Times of Los Angeles, Times of Portugal, EP Today, Times of Geneva, New Delhi Times, New York Journal American, and Times of North Korea. Most websites had Twitter presence as well.

EU DisinfoLab’s investigation demonstrates how this network of think tanks, NGOs, and media outlets has already translated into a set of EU parliamentarians visiting the Kashmir valley on Oct. 30. The visit was perceived by some as a sign of validation for the government’s move. It came amidst international attention on curbs on free speech and human rights violations in the Kashmir valley.

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