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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Eric De Brabandere

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 June 2024

Propaganda for war — Public policy

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Propaganda can be described as a method of communication, by State organs or individuals, aimed at influencing and manipulating the behaviour of people in a certain predefined way. The element of influence and manipulation is at the centre of the concept, and distinguishes it from mere factual information. The notion of propaganda remains, however, relatively unclear from an international law perspective, since propaganda is not on the whole regulated by international law. In the past, various meanings have been attributed to the term propaganda, and no...
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