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Guess which country has judges that don't understand the internet?

Not France this time, but Belgium. Google News has been caned by the Belgian courts, and has to remove Belgian newspaper content upon pain of a €1m fine per day. Detail here, from Liberation.

I imagine most of us would not think it worth going to the barricades over what Belgian judges get up to, but maybe we should:

"It is 'necessary' that the Belgian judgement against Google "becomes law in the whole of the European Union", claimed the National Federation of the French Press".
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Blogger The Hitch said... 9:43 am

It isnt so funny, You or I could go to prison if we advetised Nazi regalia for sale online and a french person could read it, the same with holocaust denial.
Iam not suggesting that you are about to start a cottage industry in croydon running up swastika flags on a sewing machine but I think you will understand what I mean.  

Blogger Stan Bull said... 10:16 am

It's not the first time that media freedom has come under attack from the state in Belgium:

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 11:01 am

belgium-and I speak as someone who lived there for a few years-lives in a world of it's own.money does grow on trees,thanks to the many multinationals that HQ there,NATOs HQ at SHAPE,and of course the EU.

they don't need to encourage business investment,they don't need it.they think we can all get by with their daft rules.Sadly not evry country in the EU has the safety net of cushy eu jobs  

Blogger The Hitch said... 11:24 am

The only purpose Belgium serves is to provide a handy shortcut for whenever the Hun get the urge to invade france.

your photo makes it look like you are flicking the V at us.
please replace it with apic of sian Lloyd in a cat suit  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:19 pm

I'm not flicking the v, honest.

I draw the line at Sian Lloyd, but here's something on a similar theme. Work safe, honest.  

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