Is France banning citizens from reporting violence?
UPDATE: There is now a more nuanced understanding of this new law in France that has been explained by NP member Ahmadsherif in this post. Have a look at that before you read on.
"I'm afraid this French Law is being totally misunderstood by the Web community in the US and elsewhere. I just gathered new information. I'm sending you links to two articles so you can see for yourselves here or here.
In these articles (and others I researched) the French clearly state that this Law (which is still a project) will only concern a new (and
sinister) game that is spreading in French suburban schools. This game is called: "Happy Slapping" (this is not a translation, it's the genuine name)"
Our good member Nuke Gingrich just sent me this link to a bizarre news item from MacWorld.
Here is the "nutgraf" - the key sentence in the article:
"The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes
the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than
Let that sink in for a minute.
The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. The law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts of police violence, or operators of Web sites publishing the images, one French civil liberties group warned on Tuesday.
The council chose an unfortunate anniversary to publish its decision approving the law, which came exactly 16 years after Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King were filmed by amateur videographer George Holliday on the night of March 3, 1991. The officers’ acquittal at the end on April 29, 1992 sparked riots in Los Angeles.
If Holliday were to film a similar scene of violence in France today, he could end up in prison as a result of the new law, said Pascal Cohet, a spokesman for French online civil liberties group Odebi. And anyone publishing such images could face up to five years in prison and a fine of €75,000 (US$98,537), potentially a harsher sentence than that for committing the violent act.