Unfortunately, not all OSCE states adhere to good practice. For example, in France, the position of “Russia Today” and “Sputnik” remains extremely difficult. Journalists still denied access to the Elysee Palace and other government agencies. In addition, French officials continue to escalate hostility around these media outlets, often urging the public to boycott them. At the same time, French officialdom appeals exclusively to rumours, which, have not found a single confirmation for the entire existence of these resources.
In the dictatorship of “single thought”, technocrats, activists and many journalists have replaced the real politicians and the real philosophers. What the people should think is pre-decided and all those who do not agree – from Onfray to Zemour from Debray to Finkielkraut – are conspirators and must be censored and fought by all means, including violence.
The ruling elite “right-thinking” is using criminals like Adama Traoré or George Floyd to ease their conscience but all honest and hard-working disadvantaged people are forgotten. Respectful citizens are oppressed while offenders are depicted as heroes.
The single thought or pensée unique is a concept forged in the 1990s to create an impression of a biased public discourse that would not allow any criticism. Free competition, free trade, liberalism, globalism, private property, strong currencies... would be the new dogma of our ideology imposed by invisible and powerful opinion police. Authors like Sophie Gherardi or Jean Pierre Garnier explain that if there was such a thing as the dictatorship of the single thought the bookshops and news-stands wouldn't be full with such a diversity of publications against this so-called dictatorship of the thought.
Polemists as Onfray, Zemour, Debray and Finkielkraut are not censored, they are even more present in traditional media than others, they publish and appear regularly in the media. Some even had their own regular programmes on the public service media. The term censorship cannot be used since their speech, articles and books are everywhere. The use of concepts like censorship and single thought or mainstream media controlled by the elite is a way of dismissing any criticism and ask for even more media coverage.
France is not a dictatorship and doesn't allow censorship. France takes 34th place in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, out of 180 countries.