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An Interview with UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye

Digital Rights Monitor: “The latest 2018 Freedom House report presents a dismal picture of internet freedom. Out of 65 countries studied for the report, internet freedom deteriorated in 26 countries including United States of America. The study also noted that more than a dozen countries were putting in place restrictive measures in the name of fighting “fake news”, increasing surveillance and weakening digital safeguards to easily get more access to users’ data. In the midst of this situation, Professor David Kaye is one of the prominent voices on the international front that calls for holding governments and corporations accountable in facilitating this global clampdown on internet freedom. A professor of law at University of California, Irvine, Mr. Kaye has also been serving as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Expression and Opinion since 2014.

…in my own country, the United States, the worst perpetrator of false information is the President of the United States. So one thing is how do we deal with government “fake news” — if you want to call it that, but propaganda is a better phrase for it. So on that front, I think journalists need to be covering it…”

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