MIP Studies French Experience in Legislative Protection of Democracy against Fakes
On 17-19 April 2019, the Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Dmytro Zolotukhin, took part in the French-Ukrainian expert consultations in Paris on combatting fakes, disinformation, and election meddling.
As part of the Ukrainian delegation, the Deputy Minister met with co-authors of the law on fake news prevention—deputies of France’s National Assembly, Aurélien Taché and Fabienne Colboc—who explained in detail the grounds for drawing up the law, its public discussion and adoption by French Parliament, and the expected order of implementation.
In addition, meetings were held with the leadership of the Secretariat-General for National Defence and Security of France (SGDSN) and of the Centre for Analysis and Strategic Forecasting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France on issues pertinent to the ensuring of information and cyber security, prevention of information special ops by third states, and protection against manipulations in the information space.
In the course of his meeting at the French Senate, Mr Zolotukhin discussed with senator Jean-Yves Leconte key arguments of the opponents of the fake news law and the grounds for resistance to such legislative initiatives, including freedom of speech.
Deputy Minister Zolotukhin noted, “No one in the world has such experience dealing with information attacks and disinformation as Ukraine and Ukrainians. We still manage not to cross the ‘red line’ of protection of freedom of speech in the fight against fakes. However, we are also very interested in the French experience in drafting and implementing legislation seeking to protect democracy from external interference.”
The participants of the meetings shared their experience in the field of countering Russian pseudomedia and election meddling. The Ukrainian side got comprehensive explanation of the contents of the said law, its functions, implementation opportunities, and passing in parliament.
The sides agreed to continue cooperation and consultations pending drafting and improvement of Ukrainian legal norms in terms of countering disinformation and negative electoral influences.
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