Best Defense Against Disinformation: Professional Reporting.

During his discussions with German media in Berlin May 6, 2015, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Doug Frantz emphasized the need for cooperation among the EU, Germany, and states bordering Russia to create a front line of defense against Kremlin propaganda.  In a panel discussion about countering disinformation, he said investigative reporters need access to conflict zones so they can report the truth.  Regarding the debates in the U.S. and Germany about privacy vs. security he said, “The cooperation between Germany and the United States in counterterrorism is vital to protecting people from terrorism, and that cooperation shouldn’t be held hostage to what people are calling a scandal.”