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

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French President Emmanuel macron announced the fake news legislation in a speech to journalists, 3 January 2018
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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- 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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