Spain: Journalist fined for Twitter photos of arrest

Associated Press

Madrid — A Basque magazine says one of its photographers has been fined under Spain’s so-called “gag law” for posting on the Internet photographs of police making an arrest.

Argia magazine says Axier Lopez was fined 601 euros ($683) for uploading photographs to his Twitter account last month of police arresting a woman who had failed to appear in court.

It cited the Interior Ministry’s notification as saying the fine was for publishing photographs “without authorization” that put the officers at risk because they could be identified publicly.

No one was immediately available at the ministry Friday for comment.

The conservative government’s 2015 Public Security Law, dubbed the “gag law” has been criticized by opposition parties, United Nations experts and rights groups, who say it curtails free assembly and expression.