Why Are European Governments So Terrified of 'Fake News'?

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

The Swedish government's innovation agency, Vinnova, is financing a project led by the combined forces of Swedish mainstream media to, in the words of Vinnova, "prevent fake news and unfounded statements from spreading and playing a decisive role in the Swedish elections in 2018".

The next elections, which take place every four years, are scheduled to take place on September 9, 2018. The Swedish media giants involved in the project consist of Swedish State Television, Swedish State Radio, Bonnier, Schibsted Sverige, and NTM. Together, these media companies effectively own Swedish mainstream media in the form of newspapers, online news outlets, and state and private television and radio. The Swedish state is financing the technical aspects of the project with 1.9 million Swedish kroner ($240,000), while the Swedish mainstream media is financing the remaining project costs themselves. The "fake news" project was originally launched in October 2017.

According to Maria Rimpi, chief editor of Svenska Dagbladet, one of the main Swedish mainstream newspapers:

"There are several successful examples of editors who have collaborated on fact-finding in different parts of Europe. As a result, the people in the steering group, who have great faith in each other, began to discuss whether we can do something similar in Sweden.

"We have seen how false statements and apparent news have been widely spread and influenced elections in other countries. To go into the depths of an assertion, and, for example, trace sources of origin, are very resource-intensive. Through this collaboration, more voters can access correct information".

How adorable that Swedish media, which has been going out of its way to conceal and beautify news about Sweden – migrant rapes and other crimes, for example -- in its news coverage, suddenly and conveniently in election season, pretends to care about whether Swedish voters can access correct information. Correct information has not exactly been a priority until now: Swedish media never reports the ethnicity of rapists, for example, thereby not only making it harder for the public to help locate the perpetrators, but also refusing to depict reality as it is. Swedish media has even covered up entire news stories in order to protect migrants: In 2015, there were widespread sexual assaults by young men, mainly from Afghanistan and Syria, at a music festival in Stockholm. One of the largest Swedish newspapers, Dagens Nyheter, once it was informed of the national origin of the criminals, did not want to report the story. The story was only finally reported -- six months after the newspaper learned about it -- because of the obvious similarity to the sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany, which had just occurred.

Granted, it is not always easy to be a journalist in Sweden: Sexual assaults had been ongoing at this Stockholm festival for years, yet the Swedish police suppressed the information. "Sometimes," according to Svt Nyheter, "[the police] consciously choose to cover up incidents where the suspects have a foreign background". According to police chief Peter Ågren, "This is a sore spot; we sometimes do not dare to say it as it is, because we think it could play into the hands of the Sweden Democrats".

Swedish authorities thus have a history of joining forces with the media to keep Swedes from knowing what is going on in their own country, lest they vote the opposition into power. In fact, a 2002 survey from the University of Gothenburg revealed 70% of Swedish journalists to be left-wing and very loyal to the Swedish state, which in modern times has historically been dominated by Social Democrat Party. Therefore, when Swedish authorities representing a Swedish left-wing government and media announce a project to combat "fake news" from "decisively influencing" the 2018 elections, this ought to set off loud alarm bells among Swedes. Who determines what constitutes "fake news" anyway? Is it not the very essence of "fake news" when a media outlet refuses to report mass sexual assaults, because the perpetrators happen to be foreigners from third world countries?

Ultimately, the unholy alliance of government agencies and media giants to silence criticism of government policies in an election year in the name of "fake news", is not only indicative of an astonishing contempt for established democratic principles and the freedom of expression and information. It also reveals how truly terrified the political establishment is of falling from power, and just how far it will go in compromising democratic principles in order to be able to cling to that power.

Sweden, naturally, is not the only country with a political elite clinging to power at all costs and using the slippery slope of "fake news" to cover up the silencing of dissent and government criticism.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to go as far as to block entire websites during election season in order to fight "fake news". He is expected to present new legislation on the topic in the near future.

In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May is setting up a "rapid response fake news unit". The purpose is, according to a news report by Sky News, to "monitor social media and challenge false stories". The unit will be based in the Cabinet Office, according to Alex Aiken, the executive director of the Government Communication Service (GCS), the public-relations wing of the civil service. Aiken said that the civil service needed to "build a rapid response social media capability to deal quickly with disinformation and reclaim a fact-based public debate".

A British Cabinet Office spokesperson told Sky News: "The Government is committed to tackling false information and the Government Communications Service plays a crucial role in this". Perhaps the unit should begin with Theresa May herself, who falsely and against all factual evidence continues to claim that Islam is a religion of peace and that ISIS is not Islamic.

Meanwhile, European citizens continue to face costly legal prosecutions for refusing to accept the fake news about Islam propagated by people such as Theresa May.

In Sweden, for example, a 71-year old pensioner, Denny, who decided to read the Koran and was shocked to see what it said, is being prosecuted for "incitement to hatred" for calling Islam "a fascist ideology" on Facebook. According to Denny:

"A few years ago, I also thought that Islam was just a normal religion, but then I read the Koran and became shocked by the hatred that exists there, the misogyny... The more Islam takes over, the more we compromise. Islam is a totalitarian ideology, which means dictatorship. So, I believe that our democratic system is in danger... I hate no people. What I hate is ideology, Islam. One can criticize fascism or Nazism, but why not Islam? Why should Islam have any protection status?"

Denny's case will go to court in June. He could face up to two years in prison.

Comments

HenryKissinger… spag Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:26 Permalink

Why Are European Governments So Terrified of 'Lügenpresse'? : because everybody knows about their replacement plan:

ALL acording to plan...nothing to see here, it is just a plan to turn europe into a future race of mongrel (((bolshevik)))-worshippers...

check also:
-KALERGI plan™ (miscegenation into low IQ brown mongrels) / also Hooton plan™
-George Soros leaks on the Merkel plan™  http://soros.dcleaks.com
-ESI Merkel Plan™ Compassion and Control http://journal-neo.org/2016/04/27/how-nato-linked-think-tanks-control-e…
-Kalergi/ Charlemagne Prize™ BEARERS list http://www.karlspreis.de/en/laureates
-Soros™ professional rapefugee smuggler operation http://gefira.org/en/2017/07/13/soros-sponsored-immigration-network-in-…
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-04/something-strange-taking-place…
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-09/ngo-fleet-bussing-migrants-eu-…
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/12/17/major-charities-smuggling-ga…
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/03/22/public-anger-growing-at-taxi…
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/migrant-smuggling-business-me…
http://www.kas.de/wf/de/37.8066/
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1_rNT3k2ZXB-f9z-2nSFMIBQKXCs&l…
-Soros official EU minions list https://legacy.gscdn.nl/archives/images/soroskooptbrussel.pdf
Soros Legacy http://theduran.com/alex-soros-comes-out-of-the-shadows-son-of-george-s…

US Jews, Muslims Join Forces To Help Nonwhite Invaders In Europe
http://newobserveronline.com/us-jews-muslims-join-forces-to-help-nonwhi…

-Barbara divörsity™ Lerner Spectre (wonder what you get if you google this from a Swedish IP???)
"I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Europe will not survive." ~ Barbara Lerner Spectre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFE0qAiofMQ

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Netanyahu-Time-…

"Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated this people into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that this people, that escaped Ghetto-Prison, developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility by the Grace of Spirit...
The man of the future will be a mongrel.  Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian–Negroid race of the future, similar in its outward appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals."
Practical Idealism - by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi
http://archives.eui.eu/en/isaar/89
http://www.karlspreis.de/en/laureates

Germany Must Perish: A Plan For Permanent Peace Among Civilized Nations
"I believe that the Jews have a mission in life. They must see to it that the nations of the world get together in one vast federation. "Union Now" is the beginning of this. Slowly but surely the world will develop into a paradise. We will have perpetual peace. And the Jews will do the most to bring about this confederation, because they have the most to gain" Theodore Newman Kaufman

http://www.dw.com/de/gutachten-die-grenz%C3%B6ffnung-und-der-bundestag/…

"it does not get any better than this" ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Bikini_Team
http://upandnet.ydup5rznoh.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/3-…

"Merkel Lego"™: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/11/26/mutti-merkels-diversity-barr…

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Moving and Grooving Heros Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:09 Permalink

You made his argument for him.

 

No one person or group will be able to decide on this. It can't be done in a non-partisan manner, if for no other reason than that the partisans will work themselves into the decision position and act accordingly. 

 

An essence of free speech, in particular free political speech, is that speech that is disliked is the most important speech to protect.

 

So the decisions have to be left to non-official actors, the consumers of the news. Anyone bold enough to censor speech because they don't like it will be thrown aside, at least in America. Those poor assholes in Europe have created the situation we now see developing there (and here) by giving unelected officials too much power. It's nearly the same here, with unelected media and celebs competing with officials elected and not who want to tell us all what to do 24 X 7.

 

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CatsPaw Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:12 Permalink

I think its a good idea for them to prepare the narrative (fake news exists, might give problems in the elections, etc) so that if things dont go their way, they can say "I told you so" and call into question the result.

 

Now, does "fake news" exist? (their definition of it). Of course it does. The difference is that in the past no one would believe it because things were going well.

Today things are not going well, and people are starting to pay attention.

otschelnik Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:18 Permalink

Guilt ridden Germanic nations have been conditioned like Pavlov's dog to believe that all threats to constitutional rights come from the fascist right. But lo and behold, the Alinsky left and their post-modernist paradigm is just as great a threat to civil rights, woman's rights, religious rights as anything that the Nazis thought up. 

Malleus Maleficarum Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:28 Permalink

I'm American. I live in America. Why should I give a shit about what's going on in Europe when it has little to no bearing on my day-to-day life? Besides, isn't crazy how all those Muslims ended up in Europe, right around the time we were razing the Middle East to the ground for our greatest ally?

I guess the takeaway here is that the totalitarian ideologies of Zionism and Neoconservatism, which mean dictatorship, makes me believe our democratic system is in danger. The more Zionism takes over, the more we compromise. I hate no people. What I hate is twisted ideology, neoconservatism. One can criticise fascists or Russians, but why not Zionists? Why should Zionism have any protected status? Hasbara's Retarded Helpers should step their game up to level 2.0! Like a broke-leg horse with a limp!

GreatUncle quasi_verbatim Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:35 Permalink

Makes no odds in the end a person will not be as black as the next and marked out, persecuted and killed for not being as black as the next person. Do pray tell what to do with the far east where them people ain't white, black or brown ... or maybe then it becomes the turn of the black to be treated equally as cruelly by the yellow.

Nothing changes and if anything it calls out for the return of segregation once again.

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Malleus Maleficarum Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:37 Permalink

And "fake news?" Why are neocons and Sean Hannity obsessed with using that word? It's as if certain groups are trying to dumb-down our vocabulary by weaponizing words and twisting their meanings! Most folks with functioning brains go for clarity and concision and call it either LIES or PROPAGANDA. Kind of like the drivel Gatestone trafficks in!

CRM114 Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:48 Permalink

I am interested to note that a "public protest" (50 people with signs) about a court case that went against a minority criminal is getting national airtime and comments from Our Glorious Leader, it isn't mentioned at all in the local newspapers. Road accidents and snowman competitions get half a page each, but no "protest" coverage.

Because not only are the people not buying it in the context of left wing propaganda, they also wouldn't be buying the newspapers if they started printing that rubbish, and the local editors know that.

Grumbleduke Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:53 Permalink

truth is the enemy of the state, as a once famous nazi said. Call truth "conspiracy theory" and "fake news", and the sheep will never see the truth. Until it hits them in their teeth.

Grumpy_nl Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:05 Permalink

In Holland, politicians make up their own fake news. This minister of foreign affairs, M Zeilstra, stated in a conference that in a meeting with Putin, Putin said he would like a bigger USSR. Turns out, this guy has never been to the meeting and it was all hearsay.

FAKE NEWS generated by our own politicians, but does he have to go, no of course not. Lets keep the Russia bashing going.

 

https://www.ad.nl/politiek/premier-rutte-zijlstra-kan-aanblijven-na-leu…

Moe Howard Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:06 Permalink

Only approved FAKE NEWS will be broadcast or printed or distributed by interweb in Sweden.

Sweden remains on the suicide watch list.

 

I am ENTERTAINED however.

Mimir Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:33 Permalink

Swedish newspapers have been widely covering the crimes of criminal gangs (Malmo, Goteborg) and the violent behaviour of some of the refugees the country has accepted the last years from especially Syria, Eritrea, Georgia, Iran and Iraq.  

Such news have a habit of being transformed into fake news on "no-go zones" and massive rapes of Swedish girls by "muslims" when most of ZH readers read about them. That is the type of fake news the Swedish government is fighting against and rightly so. 

Spreading false rumours is actually a criminal offense in most European countries and we Europeans would like to keep it like that in defence of our democracy and freedom. 

venturen Mon, 02/12/2018 - 07:04 Permalink

Back in the US...the Media determined this time the Democrats will save Detroit, St Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, CT, CA, NJ....try believing that after 50 years!