Propaganda: A problem in need of a Legal Solution? Rachael Crauford-Smith
From James Stewart on March 30th, 2020
Dr Craufurd Smith considers how longstanding concerns over state propaganda relate to the more recent controversies over ‘fake news’ and electoral interference. In particular, she will consider whether it is possible to establish a meaningful legal definition of ‘propaganda’ and to establish workable guidelines for when state or private, intervention is legitimate. How tolerant can democracies ultimately be? Her introductory talk will explore some of the international and European measures introduced to tackle propaganda and specific initiatives/proposals closer to home in the UK.
Questions for consideration:
- How would you define ‘propaganda’ – where would you draw the line? Is propaganda as much a domestic as a ‘foreign’ problem?
- Is it ever legitimate for states to block access to propaganda and, if so, when?
- What responsibility do private actors – the press/social media - have in tackling propaganda? Is self or co-regulation the way forward?