President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to hold ‘accountable’ online outlets publishing foreign ‘propaganda’ for consumption in France.
French President Emmanuel Macron has reportedly warned that foreign-funded online “propaganda” outlets are a danger to democracy, and has threatened to hold “accountable” perceived offenders.
The President’s comments come shortly after the publication of a French report detailing potential guidelines to fight against disinformation online, which was initially commissioned by the president last year with reference to “the attack in January 2021 on Capitol Hill by rioters”.
“I say it here with great gravity: We are today a democracy sometimes naive,” Politico reports Macron as saying. “We let propaganda actors financed by foreign authoritarian regimes — that do not respond in any way to a regime of responsibility or journalistic ethics — inform and participate in the debate as journalists.”
Euronews went on to cite the President as saying that such actors should be “held accountable” in France for their actions.
“Online platforms, influencers, and also citizens who sometimes take a considerable place in the public debate precisely through these new platforms … must have a framework of responsibility that is yet to be built,” the French President also said, noting that “the same must apply to foreign media authorized to broadcast on French soil.”
“We must also know how to protect ourselves against foreign interference,” the President also stated according to Euronews.
Politico also reports that Macron said that the task of fighting disinformation should go beyond national boundaries, and be dealt with at the level of the European Union.
More than half of the French public believe that the democratic system in France does not work well, while a plurality believes democracy has deteriorated during the presidency of Emmanuel Macron https://t.co/h0lGbX1bAS
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From teaching children to question what they read on social media to sanctioning people who disrupt “public order” by spreading fake news, Euronews reports that the “The Enlightenment in the Digital Age” committee made a number of recommendations on how best to fight “the dangers that the digital age poses” to democracy.
However, Sociologist Gérald Bronner, who headed up the report, warned that any such measures must be balanced with concerns regarding free speech.
“Our recommendations, therefore, are not meant to eradicate any news-related problems,” Euronews notes Bronner as saying “But to limit the spread of contents that are damaging to democratic life, to deter malicious behaviour, to sanction illegal practices.”
Regarding the strength of the democratic process in France however, in a poll taken late last year, 48 per cent of recipients believed that the democratic system had deteriorated since President Macron was elected to office in 2017.
Another study done last year ranked France as a “failing democracy” over restrictions implemented during the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic.
Ministry of Truth? Alleging Russian Interference, Sweden Launches Disinformation Agencyhttps://t.co/F81rMunMwN
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France is far from the only European country looking to deal with “foreign propaganda”.
Sweden launched an entire agency dedicated to countering foreign disinformation, the country having cited Russian interference in US elections as one reason for its creation.
“Disinformation is a threat to Swedish democracy, our decision-makers and to our independence,” said Swedish Interior Minister Mikael Damberg. “A very important duty for the agency in 2022 will be to work to strengthen society’s ability to identify and handle misinformation directed at Sweden in connection with the General Election.”
Although the agency is tasked with dealing with information seen by the public, the head of the new agency has claimed that it did not want to impinge on the freedoms of those withing Sweden.
“This is not the Ministry of Truth or a State Information Board like we had during the Cold War,” the agency leader said. “We want to protect freedom of opinion in our country.”
ABC’s Hostin: Republicans Are Treating Biden Like a Black President
ABC legal analyst Sunny Hostin said Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that Republicans treated President Joe Biden like a black president.
Hostin said, “There are things that he has not gotten credit for, like he’s inherited this pandemic from the Trump administration. It was badly handled. He was able to pass a 1.9 trillion dollar relief package which a majority of Republicans voted against. That’s something that he gets credit for. I think he also gets credit for his incredibly diverse judicial nominations. I think there has been about 41 federal judges. Those are lifetime appointments.”
She continued, “I think where he hasn’t done well is basically delivering federal policy in favor of the people who put him in the White House, and that is communities of color. We didn’t see any movement on voting rights. We didn’t see any movement in police reform.”
Hostin added, “The infrastructure was a leaning-into white independence, and I think it was a leaning into white moderates, but the bottom line is, those aren’t the folks who really took him over the finish line. That is not the Democratic base. No Democratic president has made it into the White House without the support of the black community. The black community now, voters 50 and over that are registered, there’s been a 36-point drop in the net approval. What I took away was he said something like I had no idea that my Republican friends would do this. Well, he’s governing like it’s the 1990s. It’s 2022. He sat for eight years next to a black president yet didn’t think he would be treated like one, and that is what he is being treated like.”
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Behar: ‘Dense’ Biden Thought Other White Privileged Senators Would Work with Him
Joy Behar told her co-hosts Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that President Joe Biden was “dense” for thinking his fellow “white privileged” senators would work with him.
Whoopi Goldberg said, “Part of the problem for Joe is none of us, none of us ever anticipated we would be sitting in front of senators and congresspeople who are denying the fact that someone won an election. I never saw that before. I don’t think it occurred to him that would ever be Republicans who would go that far to say this was a lie. I think a lot of this, he thought, you know, we’ll beat each other up as we have in the past. This is a whole new group.”
Behar said, “But, Whoopi n the ’90s Newt Gingrich, had a contract on America.”
Ana Navarro said, “With America.”
Behar shot back, “I like to say it was on America. Then you have Mitch McConnell say that his whole idea going forward with Obama was to make sure he was a one-term president. Then he said about Biden, we’re going to obstruct, and we’re not going to let him do anything he wants to do. So I mean, how dense was Biden really in these instances? You’re a white privilege senator in the United States Congress, so you believe other white privilege guys will work with you, but they won’t, and they don’t.”
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