French court blocks police monitoring website
A French court on Friday ordered Internet providers to block access to a website aimed at preventing police abuse that publishes pictures of policemen and information about their personal lives.
The court said access to copwatchnord-idf.org should be blocked "pending a final decision on two complaints", one of which was filed by Interior Minister Claude Gueant for defamation against police officers.
Gueant and the French police union say the website -- inspired by similar sites in the United States -- carries slanderous content against the police force and the administration.
They reminded the court in a hearing on Wednesday that one of the policemen listed on the website had received a hunting rifle cartridge in his letter box.
The website, which could still be accessed hours after the court order, describes itself as a citizens' initiative aimed at "fighting against violence through transparency and information."
© 2011 AFP