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Mon Dec 12, 2016, 10:56 AM

Colombias latest disinformation jewel: Norway was bribed to grant Nobel Peace Prize to Santos

Colombia’s latest disinformation jewel: Norway was bribed to grant Nobel Peace Prize to Santos

written by Adriaan Alsema December 11, 2016

The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday spurred his country’s latest disinformation wave, this time alleging Norway didn’t honor Colombia’s president for ending the hemisphere’s longest-running armed conflict, but because the Nobel commission was bribed.

Supporters of hard-line former President Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010) on Saturday spun the hashtag “#NobelComprado” (BoughtNobel), which quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, much to the embarrassment of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Uribe allies again promoting disinformation

The hashtag was subsequently promoted by prominent political opposition figures like Uribe ally and former Democratic Center presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, the son of former governor Luis Alfredo Ramos (investigated over alleged ties to death squads) and the son of former President Andres Pastrana (1998-2002), who led failed peace talks with the FARC between 1999 and 2002.

At a press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Santos responded that “they have said … I am a communist, that I am an ally and business partner of Fidel Castro to introduce a subtle revolution in my country, but the most absurd I have heard this group say is the claim this award was bought.”


What tool decided we'd all better start calling lies "DISINFORMATION", instead? Would the the fascists call lies by human beings "disinformation"? Probably not.

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