The National audience has admitted to processing the contentious-administrative appeal presented by the Popular Party against the body that has created the coalition government chaired by Pedro Sánchez to fight against misinformation and false news and that the popular ones define as a “ministry of truth” .
Deputies of the Popular Parliamentary Group presented on the 26th the appeal against the order by which the action procedure against disinformation is published approved by the National Security Council and published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on November 5 .
According to this new procedure, the Executive will monitor the information and may request collaboration from the media to Pursue the ‘deliberate, large-scale and systematic dissemination of disinformation, which seeks to influence society with interested and spurious purposes ”.
After the admission for processing of this appeal last Tuesday and its notification to the parties, the National Court has requested the Ministry of the Presidency to send the administrative files on said order within a period of twenty days, according to the resolution to which Europa Press had access.
The Government, through the State Attorney General, has a period of five days to file an appeal for reconsideration. After which, as popular sources have indicated to Europa Press, the formation led by Pablo Casado will present the lawsuit in which he will present the arguments of the appeal.
At the same time, the PP launched a network campaign to denounce “that ministry of truth”, with videos in which party members could be seen with their mouths covered and a tape of “censored content” as well as a news simulation censored from different media.
The secretary general of the party, Teodoro Garcia Egea, explained this week that there are “two ways” to fight against misinformation and interference. “One, that it is the head of the president’s cabinet who decides what is true and what is a lie, and another to make a parliamentary commission”, he pointed.
Thus, García Egea explained that the aforementioned commission would have “press, editors, journalists, parliamentary groups and society in general”, and it could “articulate mechanisms that allow combating interference”, using the means that ” technology puts »at your service.
Moncloa has stressed on several occasions that the objective of the action procedure against disinformation does not intend to control the information published by the media or monitor the veracity of the news, but rather to detect foreign interference that seeks to influence Spanish public opinion.
Likewise, it has defended that the entire procedure is in the hands of technicians, who are in charge of informing the Government if a disinformation campaign is detected so that the answer is decided, if the European Union is informed or the collaboration of the media.
The Department of Homeland Security has been working on the detection of disinformation for two years, urged by the European Union, and the new procedure aims to include in the organization chart the media and other civil organizations to which the Government could resort, through the Secretary of State for Communication, in the event of needing to combat one of these campaigns .
Since 2018, National Security experts have detected in Spain some very important disinformation campaign from abroad, but not related to the successive electoral processes that were held in 2019.
These campaigns to influence public opinion have been verified in other processes abroad, such as the Brexit referendum, the French presidential elections in which Emmanuel Macron won or the 2016 United States elections for which Donald Trump arrived at the White House.
Nowadays the European Union suspects a disinformation campaign against the Covid-19 vaccine and the case could come of having to combat it through a response that is articulated through the media.