The Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris has ordered French ISPs to block access to a website designed to allow civilians to post videos of alleged police misconduct.
Copwatch Nord Paris I-D-F had been getting good traffic as the French started to show video footage of coppers beating people up, or otherwise behaving badly.
Police union, Alliance Police Nationale (APN) has applauded the decision which it said that by showing video footage of French cops being violent, it encouraged citizens to be violent to the police. After all if you know you are going to get a good kicking when you are being arrested you are more likely to try to run away or fight back.
Fighting back is not something that French coppers like much as it makes it harder to hit someone.
According to the Jurist, Jean-Claude Delage, secretary general of the APN, said that the judges have looked at the site as a threat to the integrity of the police and made the right decision.
We guess being staffed by psychopathic bullies who like beating up suspects is not a threat to the integrity of the police.
Jeremie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net a Paris-based net neutrality organisation, called the order “an obvious will by the French government to control and censor citizens’ new online public sphere.” At least that is what our Babelfish made of his comment.
Oddly, for a Republic that inspired the US, France does not have an equivalent to the US First Amendment which prohibits the government from making any law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. But it did have laws which allowed them to cut the heads off anyone they liked. We guess cutting off websites is the next best thing.