[CBR] French court orders shut down of police monitoring site

A Paris court has ordered French Internet providers to block access to a website that displays images of police and personal information about their lives.

French authorities say that the website puts the lives of police officers at risk. The Interior Ministry and a police union had sought the blockage of the site.

But free speech campaigners have said that this could be another way for the governmnet to stiffle Internet freedoms in the country.

"This court order illustrates an obvious will by the French government to control and censor citizens' new online public sphere," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesman for La Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based organization that campaigns against restrictions on the Internet.