When did blogging become a crime?

Thursday, July 24, 2014 3 , , , , Permalink 1

A rather ominous president was set this week- a French judge ruled in favour of a disgruntled restauranteur, ordering a blogger to pay compensation for posting a bad review.

Pointed out by my rather concerned mother, this is quite a worry for all bloggers. That posting a review of your experiences can lead to being sued, I’m shocked! What bothered me about this situation was the apparent lack of free speech which, as a blogger, I feel is extremely important. Personally I adopt a ‘if you haven’t got anything good to say, don’t say anything at all’ approach, which makes sense in a world where people seem too keen to blame others for their mistakes instead of taking responsibility and dealing with the problem. What irritates me the most is that while certain publications get away with printing stories without a full gasp of the facts and printing them as ‘the truth’, it’s bloggers who always seem to get the short end of the stick. O.k…. rant over.

  • Melissa of PreteMoiParis
    July 24, 2014

    I’m glad you brought this up. I was shocked by this news too. I find that it goes completely against the right to freedom of speech in France. I agree that if I generally don’t have something nice to say, then I don’t blog about a particular event or establishment. But I am deeply disturbed by this ruling.

    • FashionFollowsHer
      July 26, 2014

      It’s a big worry… and quite scary!

  • Jeanne
    July 26, 2014

    It seems like the fight for the freedom of speech isn’t over yet!


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