BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker lashed out at the leader of Hungary on Friday for spreading fake news, after EU leaders called for measures to tackle the deliberate spread of disinformation in time for European elections in five months.
“Fake news are not only to be found in the camp of the fake newsers,” Juncker, speaking English, told reporters at an EU summit in Brussels. He said he had warned EU leaders, and notably Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, that sometimes leaders themselves are the source of disinformation.
“When Mr.Orban, for example, is saying that I am responsible for the Brexit: fake news. When he is saying that migrants are responsible for the Brexit: fake news,” Juncker said. “So let’s not put all the responsibility on others.”
In a statement from their summit, the leaders said that the threat of disinformation “is an acute and strategic challenge for our democratic systems.”
They called for “an urgent response that needs to be sustained over time, in full respect of fundamental rights.”