Tuesday 22 September 2020

Dutch media outlets take EU to court over disinformation claims

Statue of justice.

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Three Dutch media companies are taking the European Commission to court for branding them spreaders of fake news.

Shock blog GeenStijl, populist website The Post Online and De Persgroep want the Commission’s anti-disinformation task force to rectify claims that they spread fake news, or face a fine of €20,000 a day.

EU vs Disinfo is part of the EU’s external action service East Stratcom Task Force, which falls under the responsibility of foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and was set up to challenge Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns in March 2015.

After their initial legal protests, GeenStijl and The Post Online are no longer listed on the website as distributors of fake news but are demanding a formal rectification.

Persgroep paper De Gelderlander is included on the website for an article about the Buk rocket used to bring down flight MH17.

The case will be heard in Amsterdam on March 14.

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