Roselyne Bachelot requests a review of the status of France

The site has found new notoriety with the Covid-19 but is criticized for disseminating false information and conspiratorial theses.

The Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot announced on Friday that she had requested a review of the status of the site “political and general information“(IPG) which benefits the online media FranceSoir, accused for several months of relaying conspiracy theses.

«I have requested that the IPG certificate (political and general information) issued to the FranceSoir online press service, which expires in principle September 2022, be reexamined, in order to verify as of now that its conditions for granting are still respected“, Specified the minister on Twitter, without further details.

“False information” and “conspiracy theories”

The so-called IPG statute gives entitlement, for online publications, to certain tax advantages and potential aid from the Strategic Fund for the Development of the Press (FSDP). Its award criteria are specified in a 2009 decree.

The announcement of the Minister of Culture comes as the site, which uses the brand of the late daily France-Soir, has found new notoriety since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but has been criticized for some months of disseminating false information and relaying conspiracy theories, in particular for promoting the documentary “Hold-Up”.

Former journalists of the daily France-Soir and the National Union of Journalists even launched a petition in January on the site, addressed to the minister, in which they judge “inadmissible“That this site”can spread with impunity false information and dangerous conspiracy theories for society“, And ask”the immediate cessation of these publications by all legal or other means that are necessary».

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