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April 6, 2020

By Eliot Higgins

Bellingcat Shortlisted for the 2020 European Press Prize for Innovation

The piece ‘Europol’s Child Abuse Image Geolocated in Ukraine: A Forgotten Story Hidden Behind a Landscape’, published by Bellingcat, is on the shortlist for the European Press Prize. During the presentation of this year’s laureates, that will take place on June 11th, the winners of the European Press Prize 2020 will be announced in 4 categories (+ one Special Award).

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April 3, 2020

By Robert Evans

How Coronavirus Disinformation Gets Past Social Media Moderators

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced social media companies to take a more active stance against disinformation. The most striking recent example came on March 31, when Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all banned videos from Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. These videos featured Bolsonaro advising the use of an antimalarial, chloroquine, to treat the novel coronavirus. Charlie…

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March 25, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Coronavirus Disinformation System: How It Works

Besides viruses, what else is terribly contagious? Lies, of course. As the coronavirus pandemic engulfs the world, disinformation associated with the virus has taken on many forms. Whether it’s your uncle sending you a Tom Hanks meme at 4 a.m. or the current occupant of the White House lying about Barack Obama supposedly harming the…

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March 18, 2020

By Michael Colborne

Revealed: The Ukrainian Man Who Runs A Neo-Nazi Terrorist Telegram Channel

Even by the low standards of Telegram, an online messaging service that is sometimes described as “a safe haven for pro-terror Nazis”, the Ukrainian-language Telegram channel devoted to praising the Christchurch shooter is an ugly spectacle. The channel, which we will not name as to not promote it, is full of vicious racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia…

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March 13, 2020

By Charlotte Godart and Chantal Verkroost

Monitoring And Debunking COVID-19 Panic: The “Haarlem Aldi” Hoax

Panicked responses to COVID-19 have triggered strange, yet predictable behavior from people all around the world as they attempt to protect themselves and their families. Some of the most common images and videos circulating on the internet show emptied grocery stores, huge lines at checkout counters, and by now the all-too-familiar disappearing toilet paper. In…

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March 10, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

A Post Mortem Of Russia’s Claim That Crucial MH17 Video Evidence Was Falsified

During day two of the MH17 criminal court proceedings in the Netherlands, the prosecution team disclosed that the Russian Federation had challenged the authenticity of a video recording of the BUK Telar, made on 17 July 2014, near the presumed launch site at Snizhne. This video is a crucial piece in the chain of evidence…

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March 9, 2020

By Eliot Higgins

The Impossible Conspiracy Fueling Russia’s MH17 Defence

Ahead of the commencement of the MH17 trials in the Netherlands on March 9, 2020, various Russian government officials have made statements defending Russia against accusations that Russia provided the Buk missile launcher that shot down MH17 on July 17, 2014. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Maria Zakharova complained of “planted news citing some…

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March 5, 2020

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Syria Shootout Demonstrates Precarious Environment For U.S. Forces

A single checkpoint in Northeastern Syria recently became a flashpoint — and in our latest Bellingcat collaboration with Newsy, we show you how. U.S. troops have patrolled the Turkish-Syria border since 2017. This is a means of trying to keep tensions at bay between numerous local factions. This has particularly concerned Turkey — which is,…

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