I did a piece for the Press Gazette on a new law in France called the Prevention of criminality law. There are some worries about how this law may be used by the police on the streets especially in relation to people using mobile phones to take pictures of riots, police brutality etc.
The law provides for sentences of up to five years in prison and
fines of 75,000 euros (£50,000) for publishing images that violate
specific acts mentioned in the law — one of which concerns violence
"committed by an agent of the state in the exercise of his duties". And
this, say Reporters Without Borders, is the problem — the wording.
believe this law is going to be very difficult to implement," says
Julien Pain, internet freedom editor for Reporters Without Borders.
"It’s going to be very difficult to prevent bloggers, internet users
and people on the streets from posting photos and videos on the
internet. This law has been badly written. I would find it surprising
if a judge would really sentence to jail or even fine someone, just
because he posted such a video online, but anything is possible."