|Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., before the CHAMBER OF VACATIONS — ROOM A — OF THE BRUSSELS FRANCOPHONE TRIBUNAL, sitting at the ordinary place of its hearings, Boulevard de Waterloo, 70, at 1000 Brussels (The Commercial Court is located at the intersection of Bd de Waterloo and Rue des Quatre Bras)|
Kairos is an independent Belgian newspaper that exists since 2012, and defines itself as « Anti-productivist newspaper — for a decent society ».
On June 10, 2021 a « Great Debate » was organized by Kairos, the theme of which was « The Covid and its management », broadcast live on Facebook. The debate brought together well-known figures from the Belgian and French medical world(1). The Prime Minister and the experts of the Belgian government received an invitation to participate in the debate, which they did not take up. The video of this debate was then posted on the Kairos YouTube channel on June 18. A few hours later, access to the video was no longer possible, as YouTube decided that it was not in compliance with its policy on » incorrect medical information. »
After reflection with its legal pool, Kairos decided to turn to the courts, in particular by calling on a renowned lawyer in the field of civil liberties and press law. A summons was issued against Google Ireland (responsible for YouTube) on July 20. Among other things, we are asking for the video to be put back online immediately, and for Google to be ordered to pay damages.
We are appealing for donations to fund this judicial initiative. As soon as the main request (to put the video back online) will be examined under the benefit of urgency, the procedures will follow each other very quickly. So it is really urgent that we can raise the necessary funds!
We launch this appeal, the crowdfunding platform KissKissbank having refused our project (it « goes beyond its scope » …) with the aim of reaching a budget of 20,000 € to cover in principle all or even a good part of the first instance(2).
Make payment to :
Account owner : Kairos asbl
Account number: 523–0806213-24
IBAN : BE81 5230 8062 1324
SWIFT : TRIOBEBB
Bank : Triodos
Indicate in communication « Google citation support ».
The central issue of this procedure is therefore to convince the court that social networking platforms can no longer hide behind their contractual provisions, but must submit to the law of the States relating in particular to freedom of expression. From a legal point of view, a decision that would say that Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights also applies to social networking platforms would have an enormous impact, in the whole European space and even beyond.
This is a trial of principle. We are determined to see it through to the end, and one can assume that this will also be Google’s position. Such a procedure entails costs (defense and procedural costs) which will therefore be significant, especially since we do not want to skimp on the quality of our legal defense.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information on this initiative. A copy of the July 20 court citation against Google can be obtained upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the Google court citation.)
Thank you for your support, the cause is worth it!
- Kairos s’engage à réserver les fonds reçus à cette procédure avec ses diverses ramifications. Si une partie des fonds récoltés devait être excédentaire, nous les conserverions à la seule destination de frais de défense juridique ultérieurs. Nous fournirons sur simple demande de tout donateur la preuve de l’utilisation des fonds récoltés.