Yark and his fellow security and border ministers tackle social media disinformation
Publié le mardi 14 septembre 2021, par Gabinho
It was last Friday in Abidjan where they met for a meeting of the Council of Ministers in charge of Security and Borders in the member countries of the Council of the Entente. Among other subjects close to the hearts of the security ministers of the Council of the Entente, there is that concerning disinformation on social networks ...
Here’s what they say ...
FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE FIRST EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURITY AND BORDERS
1. The Ministers in charge of Security and Borders of the Council of the Entente held, on Friday September 11, 2021 in Abidjan in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, the first extraordinary session of their Annual Meeting, under the chairmanship of General by Brigade Damehame Yark, Minister of Security and Civil Protection of the Togolese Republic.
2. The theme of this first extraordinary session of the Annual Meeting was : “Pooling of means of combating disinformation on social networks”. It recorded the participation of the delegations of the five (05) member states of the Council of the Entente namely the Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, the Republic of Niger and the Togolese Republic.
3. The Annual Meeting considered the items on the agenda and reached the following conclusions :
§ On the state of play of the problem of disinformation on social networks
4. The Ministers in charge of Security and Borders of the Council of the Entente took note and approved the observations which emerged from the national contexts relating to disinformation on social networks in particular the expansion of false information or "fake news" Which are becoming more and more a manifest danger for societies in terms of both security and social cohesion, as well as the complexity of the fight against this phenomenon.
5. They noted that the national contexts are similar and that no Member State escapes this wave of false information which is widely used and poses a threat to social peace. They praised the diversity of measures taken by States to combat this phenomenon of disinformation.
§ On the means of combating disinformation on social networks
6. The Ministers in charge of Security and Borders of the Council of the Entente noted with satisfaction that all member states have taken into account this issue of disinformation on social networks in their legal ordering to regulate digital activity. and crack down on cybercrime and disinformation through cyber space.
7. The Ministers underlined the diversity of institutional frameworks and the need for Member States to have specific legislation on disinformation on social networks. They recommended bringing this dynamic to the community level in order to have a harmonized legal framework to fight disinformation on social networks.
8. The Ministers in charge of Security and Borders of the Council of the Entente highlighted and welcomed the diversity of tools for combating disinformation on social networks. They underlined the need for the sharing of experiences and good practices between Member States.
9. The Ministers commended the remarkable contribution of the Directorate of Informatics and Technological Traces (DITT) in the fight against cybercrime and disinformation on social networks in Côte d’Ivoire. They identified this Ivorian experience as the benchmark model for other Member States.
10. At the end of the discussions, the Annual Meeting of Ministers in charge of Security and Borders, in its first extraordinary session of September 11, 2021, adopted several short and medium-term recommendations to member states. and the Conseil de l’Entente to strengthen the fight against cybercrime and disinformation on social networks. Ministers called on member states to strengthen police and judicial cooperation in this fight.
11. The Ministers expressed their gratitude and deep gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, to the Government and to the people of Côte d’Ivoire for the warm welcome given to the delegations as well as the excellent amenities provided. their disposal for their stay.
Done in Abidjan, September 11, 2021.
Brigadier General Damehame Yark
Minister of Security and Civil Protection of the Togolese Republic
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