Spain officials dismiss 'gag-law' fine for woman over photo

AP News
Posted: Aug 27, 2015 7:43 AM

MADRID (AP) — Authorities say a woman who posted a photograph on social media of a police car parked in a disabled parking space did not break the much-criticized new Public Security Law — known as the "gag law" — and will not be fined.

Police in the southeastern town of Petrer last month sought to fine the woman under the law, which allows for fines up to 30,000 euros ($34,000) for use of unauthorized police images.

A regional Interior Ministry spokeswoman, speaking anonymously in line with ministry rules, said Thursday that officials decided the posting posed no danger to the officers concerned, nor offended them.

The law has been criticized by opposition parties, United Nations experts and rights groups, who say it curtails free assembly and expression.