Before “innocence of muslims” there was the danish cartoons controversy in 2005 danish newspaper jyllands-posten published 12 illustrations of the prophet muhammad to spark debate around self. Cindy lee garcia, an actress in the innocence of muslims, sued to get the film taken down from youtube she won, but google, which owns youtube, appealed that case will be heard monday. Cindy lee garcia, an actor in the anti-islam film innocence of muslims who filed suit against google reuters / bret hartman / reuters the washington post, national public radio, and a number of other influential media groups have filed a court brief supporting google’s effort to keep a. No writer ever really wants to talk about censorship writers want to talk about creation, and censorship is anti-creation, negative energy, uncreation, the bringing into being of non-being, or.
In another debate i have made explicit my view that the movie the innocence of muslims is not beneficial to society i nevertheless believe that, however little good can be drawn from the movie, the principle of free speech that protects it as a form of expression is of sufficient value that censorship should be out of the question. It’ll be a complete ban on anything resembling the words ‘innocence of muslims’ and that will have serious repercussions, because it will begin to censor the debate around the movie, and the debate around the embassy protest. The panel primarily justified its censorship of innocence of muslims based on threats to garcia’s safety from persons offended by the film, but “[i]t is firmly settled that under our.
Crowdsourcing censorship in egypt in the aftermath of the innocence of muslims debacle, several countries were pressured — by public outrage, pressure from muslim clerics and institutions, or islamists in government — to do something to make sure that the blasphemous film never saw the light of day again. Still, many muslims who take a stricter view of the supplemental traditions will sometimes challenge any depiction of muhammad, including those created and published by non-muslims  some major religions have experienced times during their history when images of their religious figures were forbidden. A pakistani student holds a placard during a protest against the controversial film innocence of muslims in islamabad (afp photo / farooq naeem) / afp google must remove from youtube a polarizing anti-muslim film that incited international demonstrations, as leaving it online would infringe on the. Ninth circuit orders censorship of anti-muslim video by donal brown on february 27, 2014 in 1st amendment news , news & opinion a divided panel of a federal appeals court ordered google to remove a youtube anti-muslim film that provoked threats to actors and fueled riots in the middle east.
Innocence has been an interesting case study to understand the role of corporate gate-keepers of information in censorship since 2012, when the video sparked riots around the world for its irreverent and provocative depiction of islam. Innocence of muslims is a strange, amateurish, and rambling video that attacks the prophet mohammed as a hypocrite and fraudit purports to express the anger of coptic christians against islamic. Amidst continuing controversies and calls for censorship worldwide surrounding the trailer for innocence of muslims posted in the internet, a group of germans has offered a modest proposal the. The case against censorship by victoria brownworth november 20, 2012 “innocence of muslims” yet afghanistan is one of the world’s most repressive nations with regard to free speech—as well as with regard to the rights of women, lesbians and gay men how can we have a broad, discursive, expansive literature of lgbt life. Here's what we know: according to youtube's parent company google, the innocence of muslims, a film blamed for inciting violence across nations in the arab and muslim world, is clearly within.
But even under the more restrictive current standard, innocence of muslims, the film whose video trailer indirectly led to the death of us ambassador j christopher stevens among others, is not, arguably, free speech protected under the us constitution and the values it enshrines. Innocence of muslims may be blasphemous, hateful, and inane, but it’s also a textbook example of highly political speech on a matter of fierce public debate its controversy demonstrates. Controversy around the film innocence of muslims has prompted a return to a hard line from the organisation of islamic cooperation on the question of blasphemy legislation paul sims reviews the debate in britain, arguing for criticism of the motives of offenders and avoidance of the trap of censorship. Is there a new argument for censorship, index on censorship asks, as it considers the controversy over the film the innocence of muslims and google's decision to remove it from youtube egypt and libya.
Youtube resisted calls to take down ''innocence of muslims'', arguing that to do so amounted to unwarranted government censorship and would violate the google-owned company’s free speech. Decades of repression and the establishment of a conformist state culture are beginning to take their toll on independent writers in an all-enveloping climate of fear, iran's young writers are coming under increasing pressure to sacrifice their independence and exercise self-censorship. The controversy over “the innocence of muslims” rumbles on, with hezbollah leader hassan nasrallah calling on supporters to demonstrate throughout lebanon this week. Innocence of muslims is one of the hardest cases for liberals i've come across but even this tawdry piece of work raises problems for the proponents of censorship.