The Wikipedia entry on SouthFront was deleted. The Wikipedia suppression of SouthFront information is a clear example of censorship and an attempt to suppress the alternative point of view provided by the project.
In February, some editors, violating Wikipedia guidelines, launched an attack SouthFront with intention to remove the entry on the project. As a result, the entry was submited for deletion. At that moment, the entry on SouthFront had been already existing about 9 months .
Thanks to your reaction after SouthFront’s appeal (here), the notification about the entry deletion was removed on February 27. But then, the project’s ill-wishers united their efforts and launched another wave of attacks against SouthFront at Wikipedia and pushed another attempt to delete the entry on SF (here). As you see, this attempt led to a success.
This move itself discredits Wikipedia as an independent base of information and the level of discussion on the issue at the Wikipepdia Talk Page discredits the whole approach implemented by the Wikipedia editorial staff.
Everybody can note the difference of the approach:
- Users who believe that it’s needed to “Keep” the entry explains its attitude and provides facts and arguments;
- “Trolls” pushing the “Delete” decision just copy paste few phrases.
Dear friends, we also want to draw your attention to the shift of the approach implemented by the project’s ill-wishers against SouthFront. In 2016, trolls argued that SouthFront was sponsored by the Russian Defense Ministry, the Kremlin etc attempting to discredit SouthFront among its readers and viewers. In 2017, they changed simultaneously. Now the project’s ill-wishers argue that SouthFront has no notability.
This strategy is aimed on creating a media vacuum around SouthFront.
They are right in one thing. Western and Russian maisntream media outlets have never covered SouthFront and its work and avoid to quote the project directly even when they use SouthFront’s content.
The reason is that SouthFront produces high quality content, surviving only thanks to a small amount of donations. The mainstream media and think tanks likely see this fact as a threat to their monopoly in media sphere.
Screenshots below show the original entry on SouthFront (now deleted):