France: The legal fight against ‘fake news’ must not veer into censorship – Matthew Fraser

16 06 2018

File 20180608 191981 yzu5nm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1France’s parliament is debating a law that would give the state the power to censor “fake news”. If the law is passed, the French state will have the powers to ban, through a court order, the publication of any news considered false in run-up period before elections. Read the rest of this entry »





Fake news week: three stories that reveal the extreme pressure journalism is now under – Richard Sambrook

3 06 2018

File 20180601 142075 d0jj8g.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Three news stories in as many days have betrayed how little understood – or apparently respected – are some of the core principles which underline reputable journalism. For those who believe that trustworthy news and information – and strong institutions behind them – matter in a democracy it is a worrying sign. For the growing numbers of media cynics, it is further evidence of media elitism or corruption. Read the rest of this entry »





Some problems with EU measures against fake news, Dutch Media v EU – Emiel Jurjens and Jens van den Brink

17 05 2018

The EU is stepping up its fight against fake news. It recently published a new policy document (the ‘Communication on Tackling online disinformation’ of 26 April 2018) proposing several measures against fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





Fake news has always existed, but quality journalism has a history of survival – Jackie Harrison

3 05 2018

File 20180502 153873 1tjph0p.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Donald Trump’s insistence that any challenges to the actions and utterances of the president are “fake news” is particularly chilling because it resembles a tactic used by authoritarian regimes seeking ways to silence independent reporting. Read the rest of this entry »





Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone? – Damian Tambini

23 03 2018

The EC high level group on ‘fake news’ has done what it was asked to do: it has set out a problem definition and mapped out some policy principles and broad recommendations. Read the rest of this entry »





“Fake” news versus “wrong” news: a nonideological approach to a smarter readership – Charles J Glasser

31 01 2018

Before we attack the problem, we must understand that the idea of “disinformation” – and that’s what we’re talking about here – is very old one. During the 1930s, New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was found to have filed completely false stories covering up the barbaric cruelties and famine committed in Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union. Read the rest of this entry »





Good luck banning fake news: here’s why it’s unlikely to happen – Zhongdong Niu

27 01 2018

French president Emmanuel Macron’s recent pledge to make a new law to tackle perceived fake news has touched nerves in some corners with its potential impact on freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »