New law in Spain could fine publishers of content deemed ‘damaging’ to Spain’s police

Under a new law in Spain, publishers of pictures, video and other content deemed “damaging” to Spain’s police and security forces could be fined up to 30,000 Euro ($34,000). Marc Herman says the law does not appear to be targeted to international media, but will affect how local media address Spain’s police force. Elsa Gonzalez, president of Spain’s Federation of Journalists, says the law could also enable police to look at images and other content before publication: “The law doesn’t say so, but it’s imprecise, you can’t count it out. How do they know if something concerns them, if they don’t look at the image before it’s broadcast?”