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Fox News calls on Reuters to dismiss Smartmatic proceedings over allegations of fraudulent elections

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(Reuters)-Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Media said Monday that it had filed a petition to dismiss the proceedings of electronic voting system maker Smartmatic.

In a defamation proceeding filed last week, Smartmatic claimed that Fox and other defendants invented a story about an election being stolen from Donald Trump, making Smartmatic a “villain in their story.”

Mr Fox said the proceedings were “useless” and moved to dismiss them because they defended the report of the US presidential election.

In a statement, “If the First Amendment means something, Fox is responsible for fairly reporting and commenting on competing allegations in fiercely contested and actively proceeding elections. Means that he cannot bear. “

Florida-based Smartmatic did not respond to requests for comment on Fox’s move.

In the proceedings, Smartmatic sought more than $ 2.7 billion in compensatory and punitive damages. It also asks the defendant to withdraw the false statement.

Mr Fox said he cannot be held responsible for covering all aspects of “nationally very important and lively discussions.”

“When the incumbent president and his agents claim that the elections were fraudulent, the public has the right to know what they are claiming, and it will stop altogether,” he said.

Defendant Trump’s lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, his former lawyer Sidney Powell, Fox Corporation, a smartmatic lawsuit named Fox hosting Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro.

After the election, Trump and some of his supporters spread false allegations of fraudulent elections, including that Smartmatic manipulated the results.

Smartmatic requested Fox News to withdraw allegations by employees and guests in December, but Fox did not comply and instead said three hosts with external experts that there was no evidence to support Smartmatic’s allegations. We broadcast an interview about the program.

(This story has been modified in the last paragraph to clarify that the claim was contrary to Smartmatic.)

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Fox News calls on Reuters to dismiss Smartmatic proceedings over allegations of fraudulent elections Fox News calls on Reuters to dismiss Smartmatic proceedings over allegations of fraudulent elections

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