Norwegian minister: Older people should be taught to detect fake news ahead of this autumn’s election

Monica MælandPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The Norwegian authorities are prepared for the possibility of unwanted attempts to influence the Norwegian parliamentary election this autumn. Now, they are putting forward 13 measures to prevent such attempts.

“The activities of foreign states are a serious threat to national security and must be stopped. Therefore, the government will give the PST new tools. On May 12, it proposed to criminalize cooperation with foreign intelligence services,” Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland (H) said.

In recent years, advocacy campaigns and misinformation campaigns took place in connection with elections in several countries. Russia and Iran, for example, are among the countries that have been accused of trying to influence the last two presidential elections in the United States.

The government has now drawn up an action plan to prevent the influence on the parliamentary elections this autumn.

Among the measures is training the elderly and the rest of the population to identify false news and misinformation connected with the election. In addition, a guide will be prepared on hate speech and threats against candidates running for election, and the media will also be invited to a dialogue meeting with the government to strengthen security during the election process.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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