March 07, 2007

France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence

France has put it's collective foot down. They have taken enough grief, and they are finally fed up.

Not with the car and bus burnings, the daily riots, the vandalism and graffiti or the near-constant outpouring of Muslim rage in their streets.

No, France is OK with that... but the evil BLOGGERS have got to go!

According to Peter Sayer, IDG News Service:

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 article went on to say:

The broad drafting of the law so as to criminalize the activities of citizen journalists unrelated to the perpetrators of violent acts is no accident, but rather a deliberate decision by the authorities, said Cohet. He is concerned that the law, and others still being debated, will lead to the creation of a parallel judicial system controlling the publication of information on the Internet.

The government has also proposed a certification system for Web sites, blog hosters, mobile-phone operators and Internet service providers, identifying them as government-approved sources of information if they adhere to certain rules. The journalists’ organization Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for a free press, has warned that such a system could lead to excessive self censorship as organizations worried about losing their certification suppress certain stories.

So one can only assume that the French government is not nearly as concerned with the daily violence as they are with people finding out about it.

Hat-Tip: Gregor at The World's Reality

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