Disinformation, disseminated by a newly created webpage tvalsazrisi.ge on June 14 about Adjarian Muslims being allegedly ready to take up arms and fight for independence with the help from Turkey, was shared by Facebook pages “სტალინი”(Stalin) and “ჯაბა მუსელიანის ბლოგი”(Jaba Museliani Blog) three months later, on September 20 and September 23, respectively. Jaba Museliani Blog shared the screenshot of the tvalsazrisi.ge article from June 14 with a caption “Georgian Muslims are ready to take up arms and fight for independence”. Stalin, on the other hand, directly cites Экспресс газета(Express Newspaper) which was indicated as the primary source by tvalsazrisi.ge.
Information disseminated by Stalin and Jaba Museliani Blog about Adjarian Muslims allegedly being ready to take up arms and fight for independence with the help from Turkey, is a lie and aims to incite hatred. In Georgian sources, it was first disseminated on June 14, 2019 by tvalsazrisi.ge, followed by some ultra-nationalist pages.
- The publication does not specify, which representative of the Government of Turkey expressed support towards Georgian Muslims in separating from Georgia. The article by Express Newspaper, indicated as the primary source, does not include such a statement at all.
- The article comes with a manipulative photo taken at a completely different event – a peaceful demonstration against the customs service dismantling a minaret in Batumi in 2013.
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- Disinformation about the Government of Turkey allegedly supporting Adjarian Muslims in the fight for independence.
About the sources
Экспресс газета (Express Newspaper). According to the information available on its website, it was registered on June 15, 2012. The online newspaper was founded by Комсомольская правда (Komsomolskaya Pravda) and its Editor-in-Chief is Sergey Nikitin. Printed version of the Express Newspaper, the weekly tabloid newspaper, was founded in 1993 and has mainly been covering life of famous people, however politics section is also quite active on their webpage. Express Newspaper often publishes propagandist articles and tries to discredit the Russian opposition.
Stalin appeared on social media on December 21, 2015. It sows nostalgy towards the Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin, disseminates historical lies and myths about the Soviet Union, stands out with posts full of anti-Western sentiments, and mostly shares materials by an openly pro-Russian online edition Georgia and the World.
Jaba Museliani Blog was created on March 17, 2019 and is administered from Georgia. Apart from entertaining posts, Jaba Museliani Blog often shares posts that aim to discredit the protest manifestations on Rustaveli Avenue, as well as homophobic, xenophobic, and anti-Western content.