No day without shaping the history! Big Bad SouthFront is once again threatening interests of the leadership of the world’s sole superpower.
The SouthFront fan club in the US administration, and in particular in the White House and the State Department, seems to be rapidly growing. The scale of popularity of SouthFront on the highest level of the US government reached the level, when the world’s superpower imposed sanctions on SouthFront website (southfront.org) and declared the state of a “national emergency” over the alleged Russian threat (HINT: As we know from the ‘deep analytical report‘ of the State Department, SouthFront is a “pilar” of the Russian disinformation campaign against the United States).
Let’s look at this situation comedy closer:
On April 15, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order declaring a “national emergency” over the alleged threat from Russia, and his administration imposed new sanctions on the country.
“Today, we announced actions to hold the Russian Government to account for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
On top of this, the White House released a letter to Congress stating that the president has issued “an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation.”
In total, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions “against 16 entities and 16 individuals who attempted to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election at the direction of the leadership of the Russian Government.”
It is easily to imagine how SouthFront Team was surprised (SPOILER: tacking into account the unprecedented censorship and smearing campaign against SouthFront – NO), when we found SouthFront on the top of the list of media organizations that allegedly meddled into the US Presidential Election:
Russian Intelligence Services, namely the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), play critical roles in propagating Russian disinformation online. The FSB, GRU, and SVR operate a network of websites that obscure their Russian origin to appeal to Western audiences. Outlets operated by Russian Intelligence Services focus on divisive issues in the United States, denigrate U.S. political candidates, and disseminate false and misleading information. The GRU and FSB were first designated in 2016.
The FSB directly operates disinformation outlets. SouthFront is an online disinformation site registered in Russia that receives taskings from the FSB. It attempts to appeal to military enthusiasts, veterans, and conspiracy theorists, all while going to great lengths to hide its connections to Russian intelligence. In the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, SouthFront sought to promote perceptions of voter fraud by publishing content alleging that such activity took place during the 2020 U.S. presidential election cycle.
Apparently, globalist structures have become very upset over SouthFront work and their inability to suppress one of the few remaining independent voices. Instead of accepting the reality in which well-funded censorship committees and MSM are not able to suppress the work of an independent team of experts and volunteers, the US administration once again opted to increase the censorship campaign against SouthFront under a vague pretext.
We have already received several commentary requests, including those from Russian media, over our position towards the introduction of sanctions against SouthFront and its alleged links with ‘the Russian government’.
Here, you can find an example of SouthFront answer to such requests:
We are surprised and not surprised at the same time. For many years, we have been accused of all sins. Our social publics were blocked, links were removed. Google blocked our AdSense account stolen accumulated funds. Meanwhile, we have nothing to do with any Russian structures. Earlier, we addressed to the Russian side for information and legal support several times. We were just ignored. Moreover, we have never received a single cent of support from Russian structures, companies and even individuals.
Please look through these:
As for the 2020 US elections, yes, we, like most international media, covered the situation over there. We critically assessed the election process itself, but tried to maintain neutrality in relation to candidates.
We believe that this action of pressure on SF is due to the fact that we are actively covering the current situation in the east of Ukraine. We have sufficient recognition among the international independent media. Despite being blocked on all major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), we have a large audience thanks to our partners. Apparently, this is what worries the White House and is the purpose of this attack.
Regarding your question, we do not know how the sanctions will affect our activities.
With much regret, SouthFront has to conclude that the concept of the freedom of speech does not exist in the modern ‘democratic world’ and the trend on the further censorship and attacks on independent points of views is only strengthening.
Nonetheless, there is the thing that people behind this does not understand. The total globalist censorship established in the international media is what really creates the space for SouthFront work.
PEOPLE ARE TIRED WITH MSM PROPAGANDA
With every attack on SouthFront (censorship attempts, provocations, smearing campaigns and even sanctions), positions of SouthFront as the really independent source of coverage and analysis are strengthening.