The Russian-language version of this press release, circulated Tuesday among news media in Russia, refers to a survey conducted by the Council at the European Parliament's request. Some of the local media have already used the information from what now appears to be a fake account.
The International Council on Human Rights Policy has never done any rankings of media, Russian or otherwise, and all reports about it doing so are false, Dr. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, ICHRP Director for Research, told RIA Novosti in a telephone interview. He described the press release as a hoax and a provocation.
The International Council on Human Rights Policy is not a human rights watch, Mohamedou explained. This is a think tank, involved with applied research.