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Russian Media Irritates French Government: Curbing Press Freedom

By Alex GORKA | Strategic Culture Foundation| 09.09.2018

The report titled Information Manipulation: a Challenge for Our Democracies prepared by two government-linked think tanks – the French Foreign Ministry’s Center for Analysis, Planning and Strategy (CAPS) and the Defense Ministry’s Institute for Strategic Studies (IRSEM) – saw light on Sept.4. The paper urges the French government to “name and isolate” outlets that act as “foreign propaganda organs.” It suggests that journalists of Russian RT and Sputnik news outlets should not be accredited or invited to press conferences. “It’s important never to grant [these organizations] accreditation rather than to invite them to press conferences for journalists,” the document states.

Moscow is the prime target of the efforts to curb freedom of speech. The 200-page long report mentions Russia 60 times, the word Kremlin is used 48 times, Sputnik is referred to 14 times and RT is also not forgotten with the abbreviation repeated 10 times. The authors say they express personal opinions but it’s hard to believe it as they work for the government.

The French administration has demonstrated its hostile attitude toward the Russian outlets a number of times. Last year, President Emmanuel Macron accused them of having spoken “mistruths” about him and his campaign behaving not as “media outlets and journalists” but as “organs of influence, propaganda, and false propaganda.” That’s what he affirms though not a single example of spreading misinformation by the Russian media outlets has ever been provided.

The activities of Russian journalists in France are often obstructed. It’s not unusual for them to become victims of harassment. For instance, when RT France channel started to broadcast last December, 11 French public figures called on the county’s broadcasting watchdog Conseil superieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) to recall its license.

Meanwhile, President Macron is mulling  a new restrictive law on media under the pretext of fighting “fake news”. It will introduce new rules on media publication during pre-election campaigns, providing the French Conseil superieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) broadcasting watchdog with a broader authority over the operations of foreign media in the country. The Commission on Legislation of the French Senate rejected the two bills designed to fight “fake news” on July 17 but the French administration hopes a new law will come into effect before the European Parliament elections in May 2019.

In April, the French Foreign Ministry organized an international conference titled “Civil societies, media and public authorities: democracies facing the manipulation of information.” The French 2017 Defense and National Security Review as well as the 2018 Strategic Review of Cyber Defense emphasize the importance of measures to be taken against fake news and disinformation.

All the proposed legal initiatives and measures to regulate media activities presuppose only restrictions and prohibitions. The “retract, bar, ban and block” moves are proposed in abundance but no initiatives are put forward to advance freedom of press and unbiased reporting. After all, nobody forces French viewers and readers to rely on RT or Sputnik as information sources, they have a wide choice. It should be noted that with all the accusations piling up, no legal action has ever been taken against the Russian news outlets. So far, Moscow never retaliated against France Médias Monde holding, which comprises the France 24 television channel and the RFI radio station.

The issue of press freedom in France is coming to the fore as international events that need to be highlighted are to occur soon. France has stated it would join the US and the UK striking Syria’s government forces in case of a chemical attack. Russia has offered evidence of a false flag operation being prepared by rebels to subvert the efforts to drive them out from Syria’s Idlib province. By striking Syria the French armed forces are going to side with terrorists but getting people acquainted with this fact is tantamount to conducting “disinformation campaign.”

France has joined the US, the UK and Canada to condemn Russia for complicity in the so-called Skripal poisoning case. Accusations and emotions are plentiful, with nothing but a photo of two men who are supposed to be Russian military intelligence officers in Britain to support the charges brought against Moscow. Let’s look at what we have. One may like Russia or not, but nothing proves it has any relation to the Skripal case. What’s so wrong with this point of view? No information that could be fake, no lies, no concoctions of any kind are offered to the audience, nothing but stating obvious facts – there is no hard evidence to support the accusations against Moscow. That’s it.

Is there any explanation why French people should be deprived of their right to get acquainted with different points of view, so that they could form an independent opinion? Isn’t it what journalism is about? The French government has chosen the wrong way to quell opposing views. Bans incite interest toward the information that powers that be try to deny access to. This policy will make RT and Sputnik more popular. The forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest.

September 9, 2018 - Posted by | Full Spectrum Dominance |

2 Comments »

  1. A great read! In the end, all I can do is laugh, derisively. No “hair shirts” allowed in La France….

    Comment by roberthstiver | September 9, 2018 | Reply

  2. On Press Freedom in the alt. media

    https://careandwashingofthebrain.blogspot.com/2018/09/stop-cultural-marxist-democratic-party.html?showComment=1536520109416#c7638630529524382388

    GabreaL Jones September 9, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Vat iz ziss part II.

    Greg, did I not adress you the 3rd of September (pappa was a rolling stone, wherever he laid his hat was his home…) a week ago as Gregoriodejaneiro?

    The oldest skull ever found in the Americas is apparently most probably consumed by fire in the National Museum in Rio together with a mass of many invaluable priceless atrtefacts. I only know that since yesterday.

    https://www.inverse.com/article/48610-brazil-museum-fire-luzia-woman-ancient-skull-at-risk

    Are there no sprinkler installations? Etc? 1+1=3, Brazil has a satanic jog jew occupied government.

    Aangirfan did not post a similar comment at http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2018/09/friends-of-israel.html as the one that follows:

    > Black people were already in the America´s long before Chris C. arrived.

    The oldest skulls that have been found in the Americas bear no resemblance to the Native American people as we know them or as jew run Hollywood pictures them, but rather Africans according to Walter Neves of the University of Sao Paulo.

    Watch this BBC documentary of 6 years ago.

    Many European explorers of the socalled new world (a very eurocentric term, of course) report the presence of seeing black people in the Americas:

    ´The complexion of the Carolina Indians is black, not much different from that of the Ethiopians. Their hair is black and thick. And not very long. Tied back behind the head like a small tail. As for the fysique of these men, they are well proportioned, a little taller than we are. They have broad chests and strong arms. And the legs and other parts of the body are well composed. They are broad in the face and have big black eyes. They have a sharp cunning and are agile and swift runners´´

    Description by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verazano in a letter to the King of France who financed him.

    There has been a Transatlantic trade in black people but the story has been taught to us all in reverse.

    Chris C. started this slavetrade by taking black native Americans on his first voyage back to Spain. For a detailed picture, read the works of Jack D. Forbes who set up the department of Native American studies at the university of California.

    Not so many people were brought from West Africa to the Americas as the offcial txt books want us to believe. The black native Americans and their offspring were the major labour force during slavery.

    Btw: Jew run Hollywood never produce movies about whites being enslaved. It is part of their satanic jwo agenda, to create racial unrest, war. To down put blacks in general, California blacks for example had a very high civilisation.

    See: https://www.eurweb.com/2017/04/history-of-the-california-blacks-nation-califians-khalifians-the-first-americans/

    Michael Hoffman has written a good book in the nineties: They were slaves and They were white.

    Two jewSA academics fabricated the lie of the socalled transatlantic slavetrade: Franz Boas and his apprentice Melville Herkovits.

    Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford financed Herskovits to produce the lie of this Transatlantic Slavetrade a vid of Dane Calloway 13 march 2018.

    Du Bois and Booker T. Washington were two black American in the inner circle of Boas.

    vid 16.43 Side Note right after Du Bois and Washington visited the prosperous Black Wallstreets in 1921 set up by black Americans without any US govt. credit concrete examples of black entrepreneurship were completely destroyed and hundreds were killed.

    Worldchampion Chessmaster Bobby Fischer flying above the chessboard of human relations on a plane from Denmark to Iceland:

    vid 2.46 :

    First of all. United States is a illegitimate country, just like Israel. It has no right to exist. That country, the United States belongs to the Red Man, the American Indian.

    It is actually a shame to be a socalled American. Everybody living there is usurper, a invader, is taking part with this crime. Which is to rob the land and to rob the country and kill all the American Indians.

    I grew up with the concept of freedom of speech. you know. So I am too old, it is too late to adjust for me, to the new world, the new world order, hahaha.

    CIA O

    Comment by Gabreal Jones | September 9, 2018 | Reply


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