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Philippines' Ressa says Russia uses dual tactics to 'destroy truth'

Nobelist says lies spread 'bottom up and top down,' urges laws to fight back

Maria Ressa told Nikkei Asia that "no one knows the reality at the time of war" and that disinformation "can change and shape reality."   © Reuters

MANILA -- Nobel Peace Prize-winning Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has accused Russia of spreading fake videos and false reports ahead of its Ukraine invasion, arguing Moscow's attempts at "destroying truth" highlight the need to expedite legislation against such activity in other countries.

Russia is suspected of falsifying news on Ukrainian actions to help justify its attack on its western neighbor. In an online interview with Nikkei Asia on Friday, the CEO of the Philippine news site Rappler said there were two steps in the process of misleading the Russian public to believe "that the Ukrainians attacked first."

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