Poland among 15 countries writing to EC over 5G fake news

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The EU should take a stand against the spreading of disinformation about 5G networks and do more to increase public awareness on the issue, 15 countries, including Poland, have written in a letter to the European Commission (EC).

The letter, addressed to EC Vice-Presidents Margrethe Vestager and Viera Jourova as well as EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton, was sent by Polish government commissioner for cybersecurity issues Marek Zagorski. The initiative was also signed by ministers from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.

The letter says the signatories see growing activities of anti-5G movements across the whole of the EU and that acts of vandalism against 5G telecoms infrastructure and an escalation in disinformation about electromagnetic fields and 5G not only threaten the member states' economies affected by it but also hamper the EU in achieving its ambitious 5G aims.

Conspiracy theories that the new coronavirus might be related to wireless technology have led to the arson of cell-phone masts in recent months in 10 European countries and attacks on workers involved in maintaining those systems, the letter says.