Our research on Russian state-controlled German-language broadcaster RT DE’s influence on YouTube and how it became an integral part of the COVID-19 sceptic online community is laid out in this article by Tegasschau. ISD Germany followed RT DE’s activity before the YouTube page was officially closed on September 28, 2021. While the page was eventually blocked, we found that many of its most popular videos, frequently pushing misleading narratives related to COVID-19 and Western democracies, reached over 100,000 views– the most popular reaching 1.2 million views. Furthermore, we found that RT DE was one of the most popular sources among COVID-deniers.
September 13, 2023 | NDR
Huberta von Voss and Julia Ebner discuss freedom of the press, the far right and conspiracy theories
ISD Germany's Executive Director, Huberta von Voss, and extremism expert Julia Ebner feature in a special broadcast discussing freedom of the press, the far right and conspiracy theories.
September 12, 2023 | The Irish Examiner
ISD's Ciarán O'Connor writes an opinion piece for the Irish Examiner on the recent shift among anti-LGBTQ+ protestors towards schools and educators in light of a rollout of the updated relationship and sexuality education (RSE) curriculum.
September 8, 2023 | BBC Newsnight
Julia Ebner on UK counter-terrorism strategy: Prisons are in “dire” state, more to do in deradicalisation space
Julia joins BBC Newsnight to speak about the UK's prison system and counter-terrorism strategy in light of the Wandsworth prison escape of Daniel Khalife.