Ireland’s parliament is considering a new media law that would push for the creation and dissemination of climate change propaganda.
A new media commission is set to be established in Ireland which would be mandated to push for the creation and broadcasting of climate change propaganda.
These powers are being considered as part of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill, which is currently making its way through Ireland’s legislature.
Under the current text of the proposed bill, the new Coimisiún na Meán — which translates to media commission — will be mandated to “promote and stimulate… programmes relating to climate change and environmental sustainability,”
The new body will also be mandated to “have regard” for Ireland’s climate minister, and the policies of his department.
As per the legislation: “In performing its functions the Commission shall have regard to policies of the Government and of the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications in respect of climate change and environmental sustainability.”
Also mandated within the legislation is for the new commission to be able to create so-called “online safety codes” aimed at forcing “designated online services” to “take appropriate measures to minimise the availability of harmful online content and risks arising from the availability of and exposure to such content” as well as “that service providers take any other measures that are appropriate to protect users of their services from harmful online content”.