IFJ Branch Calls France's Think Tank Report On Media 'Dangerous, Worrying'

IFJ Branch Calls France's Think Tank Report on Media 'Dangerous, Worrying'

Patrick Kamenka, a member of the French affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), told Sputnik on Wednesday that the recent French report on information manipulation that called for Russian media, specifically Sputnik and RT, to be deprived of accreditation, was "dangerous.

(UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th September, 2018) - Patrick Kamenka, a member of the French affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), told Sputnik on Wednesday that the recent French report on information manipulation that called for Russian media, specifically Sputnik and RT, to be deprived of accreditation, was "dangerous."

A week ago, the French Foreign Ministry's Center for Analysis, Planning and Strategy (CAPS) and the Defense Ministry's Institute for Strategic Studies (IRSEM) issued a report called "Information Manipulation: a Challenge for Our Democracies." The document recommended that the country's authorities abstain from accrediting journalists from the RT broadcaster and Sputnik news agency.

"I think this report is dangerous and worrying," Kamenka, a member of the French National Union of Journalists (SNJ-CGT), an affiliate of the IFJ, told Sputnik.

The journalist added that the SNJ-CGT was preparing an analysis to denounce the report.

Margarita Simonyan, the RT and Sputnik editor-in-chief, welcomed the SNJ-CGT reaction, saying that there still remained institutions that were not afraid of confronting the crackdown on the broadcasters in the country.

"The French National Union of Journalists has read the report of the French authorities, which contained a suggestion to refrain from accrediting RT and Sputnik in the country, and called it dangerous and worrying. It also said it was preparing an analysis, which would condemn the report. At least someone in France is a real man," Simonyan wrote on her Twitter blog.

The French report was met with criticism by Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, has said that the document includes multiple unfounded allegations against Moscow and gives rise to open hostility toward Russian media.

Simonyan noted that the report of French think tanks was "ridiculous" and hypocritical.

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