Amateur Videos Banned
Two e-mails from readers have informed me of this frightening, though hardly surprising, piece of news:
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 euros (US$98,537), potentially a harsher sentence than that for committing the violent act.
Read the whole Yahoo article. Read especially the last paragraph about the French State's plans to monitor and/or suppress bloggers. Terrifying. And Sarkozy who wants to save humanity is behind this.
Labels: Intellectual Terrorism