Le Gueuloir du Vendredi

 ~Not Just a Game of Monopoly!

I am very sorry to have to mention this sad story again but I was pretty much shocked when I bought two left-wing French newspapers last Tuesday.

I was first astounded by the fact that the manager of the IMF and former candidate for the French presidency had been arrested after allegedly raping a maid in a luxury hotel in New-York and then completely baffled by the obscene display of pictures of an old man, unshaven, handcuffed and visibly exhausted accused of a crime which has not even been judged yet.

Although our national media keep trying to exploit this unexpected manna by telling us that such proceedings are perfectly normal in America I strongly disagree with the fact that the French press should behave in the same way. But sadly what sells more than dirty stories on sex power and money? They do sell much better anyway than propositions for a fairer society, bonuses regulation and ways to regulate global finance.

What I find the most unbelievable is that our principle of “présomption d’innocence “which does not translate into American English is joyfully flouted by such images and also by a large amount of opinion polls and declarations from former “friends “ of Mr Strauss-Khan, not to mention those of his opponents. This is all perfectly illegal under French law (see article below) and very handy that under the circumstances the applicable law should be that of the United-States of America… The fact that our NYPD president decided to spend his honeymoon in Disneyland should not leave the door open to a massive Americanization of our way of life, culture and legal approach to extremely serious matters.

Although I am neither Greek nor Portuguese, I was not a supporter of this man for reasons that I do not wish to express here and have certainly nothing to do with his sexual life. However, I am very much attached to the French principle according to which any man or woman will be deemed innocent until judgment is passed. I am disgusted at the way most people tittle-tattle about the private life of Mr Strauss-Khan and his alleged victim and wonder if the words decency and compassion (all the more so if he is eventually proven guilty and if it is established that she was attacked and raped ) still have some resonance in our world.

And more :

CSA contre DSK

Le Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel français «  garantit l’exercice de la liberté de communication audiovisuelle dans les conditions définies par la loi. »

Tiens, tiens, tiens !

Voyons ce que nous dit le droit français au sujet des images parues dans la presse et des sondages réalisés par le CSA qui furent amplement commentés par la presse française et internationale immédiatement après l’arrestation de M. Strauss-Kahn :

Après l’article 35 bis de la loi du 29 juillet 1881 précitée, il est inséré un article 35 ter ainsi rédigé :
« Art. 35 ter. – I. – Lorsqu’elle est réalisée sans l’accord de l’intéressé, la diffusion, par quelque moyen que ce soit et quel qu’en soit le support, de l’image d’une personne identifiée ou identifiable mise en cause à l’occasion d’une procédure pénale mais n’ayant pas fait l’objet d’un jugement de condamnation et faisant apparaître, soit que cette personne porte des menottes ou entraves, soit qu’elle est placée en détention provisoire, est punie de 100 000 F d’amende.
« II. – Est puni de la même peine le fait :
« – soit de réaliser, de publier ou de commenter un sondage d’opinion, ou toute autre consultation, portant sur la culpabilité d’une personne mise en cause à l’occasion d’une procédure pénale ou sur la peine susceptible d’être prononcée à son encontre ;
« – soit de publier des indications permettant d’avoir accès à des sondages ou consultations visés à l’alinéa précédent. »

Loi Guigou 2000

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Bénédicte Voisin

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