Emmanuel Macron starts media law reform against fake news

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French President Emmanuel Macron said this week that he plans to propose a law to censor misinformation, also known as "fake news", and criminally punish those who publish it.

It will be Macron's first state visit to China since he won election a year ago.

"If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must be strong and have clear rules", Macron said, according to the Guardian.

Macron described "fake news" as a threat to democracy due to it "fostering doubt and forging alternative realities which allows people to say that the media and politicians are always more or less deceptive".

With the rise of fake news back in 2016, and the increasing evidence that it was created to influence the U.S. presidential election (and maybe the Brexit vote), there's been a lot of talk of what should be done about it.

The new law would require that websites reveal their financial backers.

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The President said there would also be strict "limits on the amount" of sponsored content, and more power would be given to the CSA, France's media watchdog.

President Macron said that during elections, tougher rules will be put on content shared on social media.

"By getting closer to France, Turkey is seeking to give a new boost to its European Union membership bid", said Jana Jabbour, professor of Political Science at Sciences Po university in Paris and the author of a book on Turkish foreign policy.

Macron will make a state visit to China from Monday to Wednesday next week at the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced on Tuesday.

Since becoming president he has also accused one Russian Federation channel of sowing disinformation about him via its website.

He said the planned legislation will impose stricter transparency requirements on online platforms vis-a-vis advertiser content during election periods - by making it a requirement that advertisers' identity be made public.

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