France : Vote for bills on ‘fake news’ during election

French lawmakers on Wednesday adopted two bills to prevent the spread of false information during election campaigns. The “fake news” bills enable a candidate or political party to seek a court injunction preventing the publication of “false information” during the three months leading up to a national election, AFP reports.

France’s broadcasting authority will also have the power to take any network that is “controlled by, or under the influence of a foreign power”off the air if it “deliberately spreads false information that could alter the integrity of the election.” The opposition has criticized the bills as an attempt to create a “thought police,” saying that a law dating back to 1881 already protects politicians and other citizens against

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