President of France Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to enforce a new law by the end of 2018 to fight the spread of ‘fake news’. This announcement raised some eyebrows, and obvious concerns, among the 400 domestic and foreign journalists present. Macron’s resolute wish to implement quickly this anti-fake news law can be seen as a result of the #macronleaks controversy that sought to undermine his electoral campaign in May 2017. Personally attacked by this 9 gigabyte leak consisting of tens of thousands of emails and photos hacked from ‘La République En Marche’, Macron decided upon a ‘strike hard’ approach “to end these lies aimed at tainting” politician’s reputation.
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Jun 2018|
|MoE publication type||E1 Popularised article, newspaper article|
Fields of Science
- 5141 Sociology