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Critics Blast New French Laws Censoring ‘Fake News’

The two controversial bills—which now pass to the senate for approval—address the “manipulation of information” in the three months prior to national elections and referendums, granting sweeping powers of censorship to the judiciary branch of government. The bills respond to proposals by French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this year for legislative intervention to prevent the spread of “fake news” on social media during elections.

At the time, French philosopher Alain de Benoist severely criticized Macron’s scheme for media control, comparing it to the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel 1984.

“And let’s not forget that the mainstream media, which today prides itself on ‘debunking’ fake news among others, had always been the first to relay government lies such as Saddam Hussein’s ‘weapons of mass destruction,’” he wrote.

Acrimonious parliamentary debates over the last month have highlighted the difficulty of arriving at a common definition of “fake news” as well as the thorny question of who should have final decision-making power to judge whether a given story is fake news or not.