Often times, unique news offerings created by the Russian media simply do not make to the users and viewers in many regions, including Africa. Evidently, this vacuum gets filled with one-sided information from other players in the media market. This information can be biased, or outright hostile towards Russia and residents of other countries — Mikhail Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa .
Africa is largely unaware of Russia, since African media mainly consumes the Western sources and then replicates them. And all the fake news, the rusophobia and anti-Russian propaganda, spread by the Western media, are repeated in the African media — Alexey Vasiliev, Honorary President, Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Chef Editor, Asia and Africa Today Journal.
Freedom of speech situation around the world is far from satisfactory. We encounter that all the time. Some Western countries break their international obligations and keep pressuring Russian media and their partners — Artem Kozhin, Deputy Director, Department of Information and Press, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
African continent is discussed quite a bit in the media. We have to analyze and comment on things all the time. Often times we get faulty evaluation from other sources. It turns out, that information can be false, marginalized, because the players are not equal and it affects the situation — Khalil Hashimi Idrissi, Managing Director, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).