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the bullet the be . this is news coming to you live from berlin europe moves to disrupt this information campaigns targeting outcome in european elections there's been a massive push to get people out to vote efforts to stop the spread of foreign propaganda need prove too little too late or too in the program war is no place for any child getting one in 5 live in conflict areas that's the warning from the age group save the children as it marks 100 years of the service is this
a day to celebrate we speak to a former staff member of the organization. and president trying to close a national emergency banning businesses with foreign telecoms that posed a risk to national security the directive does not mean any specific company that is believed to be targeting chinese tech giant. the banks. i don't well i'm under. europe has the post next week and a massive push is underway to encourage people to vote 28 you countries with 400000000 voters will decide who will represent them for the next 5 years at the european parliament so here's how it works the number of seats each country gets is roughly proportional to its population europe's most populous country germany with
over 18000000 people will be electing 96. while the smallest country in the more will have 6 any piece to represent its population of less than half a 1000000 now once elected members of parliament join transnational groups with similar political orientation at the moment the 7 such groups representing the center right the socialists the greens euro skeptics and others now the emmy peas vote on new laws and approve the e.u. budget they also had to choose the next president of the european commission the current president who might be familiar to you is this man. on the favors to take over from him the german conservative m.e.p. non-trade veba and the dutch politician france to moments of the european socialist . in the countdown to next week's a vote of the e.u. is also in god there was this drags the chalk if you remember and is growing euro
skepticism in some countries there's an additional concern now online does information campaigns trying to influence voters last year the e.u. commission set up a task force to deal with this threat but critics say its efforts may be too little too late. whoever you are wherever you are you can get involved the european union institutions have poured enormous resources in to get out the vote campaign but have they invested enough in stay out of the vote efforts in ways to prevent malicious meddling it's not like there was no warning 5 years ago the kremlin's internet research agency in st petersburg was revealed estimated to spend more than a $1000000.00 a month pumping out anti western spin 3 years ago u.s. elections were the target of that russian troll farm yet the european commission waited until just 6 months before the european parliament elections to launch its action plan against this information we should have been doing much more kalinski
spent 3 years in the european commission's struck on task force a communications unit created in 2015 to counter russian efforts to smear the e.u. now with an independent think tank kalinski says brussels is way behind expecting that we will solve the problem in the last 2 months before the elections or even in the last month of the elections when the russians have been working on it for the past 5 years i think it's very naive facebook google and twitter have a role in the commission's plan pressed to better verify users' identities and remove fake accounts faster and to make clear who's paying for advertising and content facebook has just opened its own war room in dublin to target in authentic activity ahead of elections let's go in or from the e.u. is external action service says there has been progress it's not as much as we would have liked to but we have seen in terms of transparency things are really moving and i think the platforms understood that they also need to take
a much closer look at what is happening there but not everyone is counting on bureaucrats and big tech to lead the battle out in the quiet flemish countryside is what you might call an anti troll farm with a staff of one. today welcomes the insight martin shanking debunks false online stories on his own website lead stories dot com and also as part of fact check e u a collaboration of european media outlets working to keep the record straight ahead of the elections anything that looks suspicious that we take a closer look at that. if it smells funny. especially the kind of story that makes people angry or upset or. confirms people in their bias like i knew muslims this or i knew throne but that after showing brand speak content with a big red banner on his website he also formally notifies dece book which
immediately reduces the items visibility in its news feeds shank is convinced even small doses of dissent from asian can be dangerous for democracy if you can swing a few 100 foods in a certain district or in a certain state. that might be the balance and you cannot make this coalition or that coalition because one seat has moved so it will undoubtedly have an influence with so much at stake across $28.00 countries experts say we're likely to see intense disinformation campaigns right up until the final votes are cast. but what does this information look like here to break it down for us is did every reporter peter does i feel like give us some examples of what this information looks like yeah absolutely let's go right to it here's an example from just 2 weeks ago it's a facebook post purporting to show an election by chance i call merkel's c.d.u.
party or the caption reads to strengthen families for a better germany. but the family in that picture has nothing to do with either merkel or the c.d.u. in fact it's a picture from 2017 of a muslim family that sued united airlines over discrimination and in short this is completely made up and we've seen a lot of examples like this across the e.u. leading up to the election where the sender may be unclear but the message is certainly not it's to warn against the decline of christianity in europe in hopes of mobilizing e.u. skeptics and 1st of all right when voters have the election so you example show that this is blatantly forward so we thought in our report that like the us elections in 2 concent and 16 a lot of this misinformation is linked to russia what can you tell us about the us right according to recent analysis by u.s. cyber security companies say court cyber close to half of the population so about
240000000 people have been exposed to some form of russian backed disinformation campaign and just this year facebook has removed hundreds of fake accounts and pages run by russian actors many of them poses independent news sites targeted eastern either countries specifically like stoney and romania with post critical of nato but it's not just fake accounts for any of this information kremlin backed outlets book sputnik which runs and or is operating in over 30 languages has played a key role in trying to influence the u. election here's an example from march targeting latvian voters this article falsely claims that there's no point in voting in the european elections because it will bring no benefits to the lot in people the fact though is while latvia contributed 184000000 euros to the unit when the 17 it received 737000000 euros
so 4 times as much as a contributor. well sputnik is teeming with similar examples like there's some of those facebook accounts i mentioned before turns out a lot of them were actually run by sputnik employees. again the aim seems clear it's to sow division it's to suppress voter turnout and undermine trust in me you and ultimately. disrupt our democracy. you know break apart a union that is white been credited with bringing wealth and peace to a region that used to be riddled by war i think it does thank you very much for shedding light on this really important issue a commitment i'll be updated with some other stories making news around the violent and strikes by the sound units coalition have killed at least 6 civilians in yemen's capital sanaa that's according to health officials linked to hooty minute and the strike supported you talking to 9 military sites in and out on the city
they come 2 days after insurgents claimed responsibility for drone attacks on to solve the oil pumping stations. protesters have clashed with police in rio de janeiro after a day of demonstrations against government budget cuts the administration a far right president sonando announced cuts of one and a half 1000000000 euros to the country's public education system the main the effect universities. a sculpture by the u.s. pop artist jeff koons has french to over $91000000.00 at an auction that's a record for a work by a living artist the peace corps simply rabbit is a statue of a rabbit in fact it's a stainless steel cost of an inflatable children's toy. save the children is marking its 100th anniversary today of its fonda edge on time
jed believed every war is a war against children and that motivated her to set up the age group every day children are killed or maimed abducted recruited sexually abused their homes and schools are bombed and sometimes even aid is denied to them in february save the children revealed that some $420000000.00 children are living in conflicts affected areas that's one in 5 was wide today as save the children celebrates its 100th birthday the organization again wants to put the spotlight on the impact of war and conflict on children. save the children's founders wrote the declaration of the rights of the child which was adopted by the united nations in 1959 the charity helps to feed starving children after the devastation of 2 world wars. there's no end to conflicts in the world so while child welfare has improved worldwide save
the children says one in 5 children now live in conflict zones they're at more risk of harm now than at any time in the last 20 years. most were just 12 years old and lives in gaza 5 years ago he played in the street there was an explosion nearby despite the best efforts of doctors he lost and i. think a lot of the soto's children make fun of me at school they keep calling me one eyed man even in the street. below my eye keeps getting infected and i wish the infections would stop. and i dream and wish that i could go abroad and get a good eye fitted that looks really ines it's not only children caught up in conflict save the children believes that every child deserves a future wherever they are whatever their circumstances place is at peace can be just as dangerous for children as places at wall. full of the story joining me is
alexia peppa to care is she's a foremost off member of save the children and co-founder of the ngo see it space welcome mr kerry's 100 years of save the children today is this a day for you to celebrate. thank you for having me on today's episode children i think a good hard look at stuff has become a multi-national enormous charity around the world with over 2 and a half 1000000000 dollars worth of funding coming through and while it's very laudable to grow an organization of that size on the back of a good jobs work we really need to look at how other examine how it impacts the people who come up close to charity because we don't to receive the full picture in the gloss that is portrayed to the outside world organization has done from agreed to work but more and more children are exposed to risk of conflict why hasn't the ngo been able to prevent that. preventing children from being at
risk of conflict is actually a much more political solution than the charitable world would have you got to stand. children are coming to conflict we are living in a time where more and more disharmony is being soaked around the world including in the u.k. where i live and what we need to do is to see political solutions rather than charitable a kevin charter which is really the last i want to see. my problem with the way we try to sell aid as the solution is that it comes at the very end huge part of the work that really what we need to be looking at is empowering citizens to hold their own governments to account and we need to start by doing that you know in the countries that this money comes from as well as working to support and solidarity people and their children in other countries it's a much more complex picture than a charity selling you a 5 pound vaccination would like to see your point taken now there are allegations of sexual misconduct which have cast a shadow on the work of save the children you as a former staff member have to expose that scandal do you think enough has been done
to deal with this issue. absolutely not there has been in fact almost nothing done apart from a good bit of p.r. there was a lot of silencing of myself and others who was speaking out in the media last year we've not been invited into the organization to discuss our experience it's either at the time of working at st children or our experiences of being whistleblowers afterwards and from what i can see that spent a lot of money on a very big academic record by somebody who didn't seem to really understand just how deep the culture of power abuse can be within these large i and save the children is not operating in a vacuum we've seen multiple other complaints of misconduct of various different agencies every large. cultural problem oxfam has a very widespread issue that it is currently trying to psycho save the children on the other hand has gone very quiet has used its political influence to keep all reports from really being flourishing in there in the news and i'm awaiting the results of a charity commission investigation which is being committed which is being
commissioned at the moment to have a look at exactly what the trustees knew at the time and what they covered up and had intentionally that nothing they disappointing a fee you specially on an anniversary like this one alexia peppa did kerry's a former member of a save the children and co-founder of the ngo save space thank you for talking to us on the w. thank you and we pick up on that story again later in the day when we talk to one of the directors of save the children and the organization marks 100 years since its founding turning now to sudan where the struggle for democracy has been mobbed by violence the military is refusing to hand over power since president a lot of bashir was overthrown in april after months of protests the military has broken off negotiations with opposition groups on a drawn desertion to civilian rule but protesters determined to see changes to don a pressing on our reporters sent us this report. for as long as he can remember
i met hamdan has been on the frontlines of sudan struggle for democracy 1st protesting against the government in 2013 now spending months on the streets as part of the latest uprising against former president i'm going to be here but have done has paid a high price one night in january on his way home from a demonstration he was followed by security forces. you know some people came from behind me and started beating me with an electric but. they didn't say anything. i was hit directly in my eye. i told the officer that i had had eye surgery and that i had lost my cornea he said we could kill you never mind your i. have done might never see with his right eye again and the harassment continued when he was taken to a detention center by the security forces there an officer recognized him as
a prominent activist that they forcibly stripped me they ripped my shirt and trousers they started saying inappropriate things and threatened to rape me i felt ashamed being in front of so many people and being naked and having all these things said to you it's been a huge psychological toll. another witness to the cost of the revolution is dr namath. she helps run this field clinic at the heart of the sit in in front of the army headquarters in the days leading up to the removal of ahmed al bashir in april this clinic was at the front lines of the violence. there were people coming in with all kinds of gunshot wounds head wounds i were inside leg wounds and all of the body there were just randomly shooting people even had sniper when most. doctors themselves were also targeted by al bashir is regime . or not i don't know my guess is this videotape. a new year's eve shows for
doctors being arrested by the military on the street in front of a hospital in hard to. die doctors says it's because doctors have historically been at the forefront of organizing strikes and protests against the regime. no matter how many times doctors were attacked they stayed in the hospitals this was very annoying for the on the shia regime that's why they tried everything they could against us and arrested us i took part in demonstrations and matches but i never dared say i was a doctor it was dangerous despite the violence dr who doesn't believe retribution is the way forward for sudan and this is the message i met hamdoon has for those attacking and abusing protesters. despite you torturing me i went out to protest for you too. sometimes i think about revenge.
but i rather we have accountability because we protested against illegal practices so we can't turn around and do the same thing. in latest developments a deal was struck to set up a committee to investigate the targeting of protesters how do now hopes that his sacrifice and that of others won't be in vain. china has slammed an executive order signed by u.s. president on a tramp which bases strict regulations on business with foreign telecoms on the white house says the measure is not directed at the specific country or company but the move is widely seen as targeting the chinese telecom giant flyway beijing says it would protect the company. the u.s. government has long viewed the chinese company as an espionage threat and has sought to keep while way from playing a major role on the u.s. telecommunications infrastructure market. this new move is likely to prevent it
from supplying the equipment being used to set up cutting edge 5 g. networks donald trump's decision has come at a key moment in negotiations with the chinese government about future trade relations between the countries where having a little wobble with china because we've been treated very fairly for many many decades are actually a long time and yet have been handled a long time ago it was then why handle it now. the executive order makes it easier for the u.s. government to directly regulate foreign telecoms which could theoretically exploit back doors and systems to pose a threat to communications and national security in addition the u.s. is place to our way and 7 the associated companies on a blacklist firms on it have to be granted licenses from the u.s. commerce department to use components made by u.s.
firms in their technology and the restrictions will come into force in the next few days however one way executives are taking the pressure from washington in stride. that our business in the united states is not that big due to our global operations which any change in one country has little impact on our global business or me me me in your face of the possible challenges of cybersecurity in the future while way is a positive contribution not a destructive force somewhat it's only for the one we are looking forward to the future willing to continue to invest more from innovation to cooperation usually chuckle but i want to. but for now it seems while way won't be cooperating with many of its american partners. and for more on the story i'm joined by alan tilton
business desk welcome alan 1st of all what do you make of this u.s. move to declare a national emergency so its ministration can target big telecom companies well right now it's kind of hard to see exactly if it's a justified move or not because i mean a cynic could say this is just another step in the ongoing trade conflict between the u.s. and china and that donald trump is attempting to use while way to get a little bit more leverage over beijing however you also have to realize the concerns about security that have been raised regarding huawei are nothing new i mean they 1st came up in the u.s. context in 2012 under the obama administration and if you look around the world other countries are taking these allegations of security holes or even possible espionage quite seriously i mean a story in new zealand taken steps to ban their technology as well as japan but that's also coming in the face of u.s. pressure now the united states for its part claims that it has information saying that huawei is engaged in a close information exchange kind of information with us i think we really don't
know according to court documents there has been some some information gathered by intelligence resources however that's under lock and key we haven't seen it we don't know if the u.s. is international partners as you know so it's really hard to understand exactly if this is a justified move or not but it's a political or a security move but you seem to share the view that this is targeting the chinese a telecom now does this mean if that huawei is banned that all kind of communication technology will come from domestic providers in the u.s. well we don't really know however i wouldn't bet on it because at the end of the day you know price in the market is going to decide and if you look at it in the only $2.00 domestic makers of 5 g. technology in the switches that are necessary when it comes the united states so at the end of the day it's where it's going to be making the cheapest technology out there and that's actually something huawei keeps pointing to you know for a long time they have been the market leader. they produced the cheapest infrastructure and they were insane you know look this this decision will have
knock on effects inside the united states because especially in rural areas some of the smaller internet service providers are dependent upon cheap solutions because the end of the day they don't have as many clients as their you know big city competitors and they have to turn to companies like quality now if that technology isn't actually available in north america they'll have they could have a lot of problems actually expanding their 5 g. networks and were actually created in the 1st place and bringing them to more rural communities that mean what chua way has shot just the whole thing saying its presence in the u.s. is fairly small but how much of a setback is it for the company which has huge global ambitions well i mean it's definitely if you take it as a bellwether it's not a good indicator i mean here inside inside the e.u. there are telecoms who are saying that there are issues with white technology you know they're not really bringing up spying but rather saying that huawei is a little bit sloppy when it comes to security in terms of their own technology and saying that they could that that those little holes that are in there could be
abused by nefarious parties and hackers and well and this is something wall way has actually admitting to and saying that they're going to invest in 2000000000 in the coming years to try to make their technology a little bit tighter a little bit more secure. taking it back to the u.s. context i mean you have to realize what we saw supply chain is massive it's huge and while they may not sell as much technology inside the united states as they do elsewhere their supply chain still runs the united states so that means this could throw kind of a monkey wrench in there many of the partners in the united states will have much more difficulty doing business with them and that could make the cost of production for hallway go up in the years to come addington from office and says thank you very much for that analysis thank you. coming up next on news. christian girls from pakistan are being madoff 2 men in china with the promise of husbands who share their religion and offer them a good life but the reality is a different. and taiwan spot them decide to vote tomorrow on legalizing
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