Be careful what you write on Social Media in Spain
BE AWARE Spain has very strict Slander and deformation of character laws (article 205 and 208 of the Spanish Criminal code), so before posting about a venue/person, think carefully or you could end up with a very large fine.
29th November - Prison for a Valencian for posting messages against Islam on Facebook
A man who posted on his Facebook page messages against Islam and people of gypsy ethnicity or black skin has been sentenced to one year in prison for hate crimes after the prosecutor for these crimes in Valencia and his lawyer have reached an agreement that sets that penalty.
The convicted person spread on Facebook ideas of "extermination" and persecution for religious reasons for Muslim people. The Penal Code provides a prison sentence of one to four years for publicly promoting discrimination or violence against a group of people for racist, anti-Semitic or other reasons related to ideology or religion.
The Valencia Court, has accepted the suspension of the prisoner's imprisonment as long as he does not re-offend and complies with the rest of the prohibitions imposed such as the prohibition to act on Facebook for five years. Read the full story in Spanish HERE
11th April 2019 - A British woman was arrested in Dubai for branding her ex-husband's new wife a 'horse' on Facebook three years ago while living in England, she avoided jail but received a £600 fine. Although not in Spain this once again reiterates the need for caution about what you write on social media.
Reported on 26th October 2018 in the Spanish El Mundo Newspaper
A woman has been sentenced to pay 3,650€ for criticising being charged a piece of bread
The Court number 1 at Colmenar Town Hall (in the province of Malaga) has issued a sentence that rules a women to pay 3,650€ for posting a message on Facebook in which she described a cafeteria owner as " a starving rat" when they charged her 0.25 cents for a slice of bread she ordered for their baby.
Edificio del Ayuntamiento de Colmenar Viejo
The owner reported the comment in which she explained that they had gone to breakfast at a local Cafeteria and ordered a slice of bread for her daughter of 13 months, and "they looked at me as if I owed them my life for asking for a crust of bread for a baby. "
When questioned, the owner of the establishment said that "they had a new customer," in reference to the child, and charged her for the "bit" of bread-
The woman added, "They must be starved to have that attitude", and attempted "to lose them a few customers".
Subsequently, the owner stated that that message constituted an illegitimate interference with her reputation, and therefore asked the woman to retract the post. In response, the baby's mother modified the original comment and eliminated the words "rats" and "starved".
However, she added that she had erased those words "because they were not really necessary" as the actions define themselves" because " not even a starving person would deny a piece of bread to a baby".
After the complaint, the defendant argued in writing that her statements were not insulting or violating the honor of the affected, because "there had been no desire to undermine the dignity" of anyone, and claimed that the right to freedom of expression.
However, finally the judge has decided that there was damage to the owner of the premises and forces the defendant to compensate the owner of the premises with 3,650 euros.