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Journalists in France should be wary of legislation against fake news, warn analysts

Journalists in France should be wary of legislation against fake news, warn analysts
 
French President Emmanuel macron announced the fake news legislation in a speech to journalists, 3 January 2018 Reuters/Ludovic Marin

There were many reactions to French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to make a law against fake news, including that it would infringe on free speech and would be difficult to implement. International Media looks into the legalities of such a legislation, and what it would mean for journalists in France.

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Featured in this piece:

- Divina Frau-Meigs, Professor at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, with a focus on media literacy

- Florence G'Sell, a professor of private law, who has written about the proposed fake news legislation


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