Wednesday, March 7, 2007

France restricts citizen journalism

The French Constitutional Council has issued a broad ruling that bans anyone who is not a professional journalist from recording, filming or photographing acts of violence. For the broadcasting of such news, approved journalists and broadcast sites will have to be vetted by the government and receive a government endorsement or face fines and possible imprisonment.

Read the full article here.

We would expect this type of ruling from China. But not from France.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité? Anyone?


Pete said...

This is not a precedent that should be set. It takes only one Western nation to do such a thing before others begin to follow suit.

Who knew? Big brother is camera shy.

Aric Mayer said...

I agree. It's a terrible precedent to set, and I'm surprised that there isn't a great deal more discussion of it in the media. It isn't good for professional journalists either, for it makes them dependent on the government for their own credibility and license to operate.