A Dutch journalist on the ground in Ukraine has an urgent message for the Western world: Stop believing the fake news and endless lies served up by mainstream media.
According to Sonja van den Ende, an independent journalist from Rotterdam, Netherlands, the mainstream media “lie continuously about everything just to implement their own agenda.”
Unlike mainstream media hacks who are reporting on the war from their comfortable inner-city broadcast studios in Western capitals, Van den Ende is reporting from Ukraine and watching how the Russian military operation is unfolding on the ground and with her own two eyes.
Van den Ende says there are “only a handful” of Western journalists on the ground in the hotspot of Donbass, Ukraine, while the Western mainstream press is “rubber-stamping fake news” about the Ukrainian crisis using the same templates it previously used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
Disillusioned with mainstream media lies, Van den Ende travelled to the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and became an embedded reporter with the Russian army to see what is really happening in Ukraine.
The sound of shelling and explosion no longer frightens her. Seven years ago, van den Ende worked in Syria, months before the Russians stepped in at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and destroyed ISIS, changing the tide of the civil war. She says the parallels between the Western mainstream media coverage of the Syrian and the Ukrainian conflicts are striking.