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YRO: Is Free Speech under attack ?

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The press secretary of the White House, Jay Carney admits, in an email, that the White House did called up to pressure Google take down the video "The Innocence of Muslims" from YouTube

"The White House asked YouTube to review the video to see if it was in compliance with their terms of use," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in an email.

Both the EFF (Electronics Frontier Foundation) and the ACLU (American Civil Liberty Union) are very troubled by the action of Obama's Administration

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/09/activists-troubled-by-white-house-call-to-youtube-135618.html

"There's no indication that the government is questioning the right of these idiots to make that repellent film. On the other hand, it does make us nervous when the government throws its weight behind any requests for censorship," the American Civil Liberties Union's Ben Wizner said in an interview Friday.

"I am actually kind of distressed by this," said Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Even though there are all these great quotes from inside the White House saying they support free speech....by calling YouTube from the White House, they were sending a message no matter how much they say we don't want them to take it down, when the White House calls and asks you to review it, it sends a message and has a certain chilling effect."

Fortunately, Google has decided to uphold the Freedom of Expression, which is the cornerstone of the American society

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/white-house-innocence-of-_n_1885684.html

Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.

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