We take for granted here at New York Foodies (and here in America in general) that we can say whatever comes to mind when writing up a new food spot. Despite the possibility we all face on the internet of getting hit by a SLAPP, we know that if it's the truth we can print it. Unfortunately that's not true everywhere. Xeni Jardin over at boingboing posted this yesterday:
A court in Taiwan this week ruled against a female food-blogger who said a local restaurant's beef noodles "were too salty," and that she'd seen cockroaches scurrying around in the restaurant. She gets 30 days in detention, two years of probation, and must pay 200,000 Taiwanese dollars (about $7K US dollars) in compensation to the restaurant.