The French state is debating if it should impose a draconian censorship law ahead of European parliamentary polls next year. The demand to regulate the speech of the French people came directly from President Emmanuel Macron.
It’s personal for Macron. During the 2017 election campaign, he was miffed by online rumors that he is gay and has an offshore bank account in the Bahamas.
The proposed law would allow the state to immediately halt publication of news it deems fake. It demands the social media giants implement procedures allowing users to flag what they decide is fake news and information. The law would also permit the state to yank disfavored news networks such as RT off the air during elections.
Britain now has a “fake news unit” and Italy has a “service” to report “false articles” to the European Union. Germany fines social networks up to 50 million euros, around $58 million dollars, for the crime of posting news the state decides is fake.
The latest effort in France follows the imposition of a police state in the wake of a number of terror attacks.
After the alleged “attack on democracy” by the Russians—an accusation revealed itself to be fake news—the US, Britain, France, and their corporate partners engaged in a concerted effort to denounce and block all news contrary to state manufactured narratives.
The French law will likely be used against all political opposition. The state emergency adopted after the 2015 attacks in Paris was used to put climate activists under house arrest during the Paris climate summit and harass thousands of innocent Muslims.
In the US, the state is pushing for laws and regulations controlling the flow of information during the midterm and 2020 elections. The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 by a vote of 334-81. It was signed into law by Obama. H.R. 5181 was established to find a “whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions” to counter “foreign disinformation and manipulation,” which they believe threaten the world’s “security and stability,” writes Claire Bernish.
H.R. 5181 tasks the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data, and—in true dystopic manner—“develop and disseminate” “fact-based narratives” to counter effrontery propaganda.
Thanks to an ailing Constitution, we here in America can for now post our political viewpoints online. In incremental fashion, however, the state is dissolving the Bill of Rights and much of a heavily propagandized and indoctrinated public supports limiting or abolishing natural rights, which are considered dangerous.