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LiveLeak.com removes FITNA due to death threats

The LiveLeak.com video of the Geert Wilders’ short film, Fitna, been taken offline.

Fitna exposes the existence of violent and oppressive passages within Islam’s key text, the Koran (Quran). It also shows footage of violent acts by Jihadists (including 9/11) done, supposedly, in the name of Islam. Plus footage of Muslims and Muslim preachers calling for the killing of Jews, Christians, and non-Muslims.

The spot where the video once was, has been replaced by a message saying …

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The removal of “Fitna”
Official LiveLeak statement.

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Following threats to our staff of a very
serious nature, and some ill informed
reports from certain corners of the British
media that could directly affect the safety
of some staff members. LiveLeak has
been left with no other choice but to remove
Fitna from our servers.

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This is a sad day for
freedom of speech on the net but we have to
place the safety and well being of our staff
above all else. We would like to thank the
thousands of people, from all backgrounds
and religions, who gave us their support.
They realised LiveLeak.com is a vehicle for
many opinions and just for the support
of one.

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Perhaps there is still hope that this situation
may produce a discussion that could benefit
and educate all of us as to how we can
accept one anothers culture.

We stood for what we believe in, the ability
to be heard, but in the end
the price was too high.

LiveLeak.com

Prior to Fitna’s release, its official website FitnaTheMovie.com was suspended by domain registrar, Network Solutions.

In a press release dated March 22 2008, Network Solutions stated …

Network Solutions has suspended the fitnathemovie.com website while Network Solutions is investigating whether the site’s content is in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy.

We have received a number of complaints regarding this site that are under investigation.

For more information about Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy visit the following URL: http://www.networksolutions.com/legal/aup.jsp

The YouTube version of Fitna linked to in the previous PRODOS Blog post is currently still online. As is the Google video version.

To download your own copy visit:

ThinkerToThinker.com/fitna

To listen to the parody song “Under Sharia Law” visit BrookesNews.com

To find out more about the problems with Islam visit Robert Spencer’s brilliant JihadWatch.org

For good ideas on converting Muslims to Christianity … well, let’s leave that discussion for another time.

It’ll be Earth Hour soon and I need to make sure all my lights and household appliances are turned on so I can maximize my Carbon Footprint!!

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Update. Some additional information. When Fitna first came online @ LiveLeak.com, they had stated

Liveleak.com presents “Fitna the Movie”

LiveLeak.com has a strict stance on remaining unbiased and allowing freedom of speech as so far as the law and our rules allow.

There was no legal reason to refuse Geert Wilders the right to post his film (Fitna) on LiveLeak.com and it is not our place to censor people based on an emotive response.

We in no way endorse Geert Wilders, his views, nor the views expressed within Fitna. To many of us involved in LiveLeak.com some of the messages therein are personally offensive.

That being said, our being offended is no reason to deny Mr Wilders the right to have his film seen. Pre-emptive censorship or a discriminatory policy towards freedom of speech are both things we oppose here on LiveLeak.com.

A person has a simple, clear choice about whether to view this film. No one is being forced to view it and nor is it being broadcasted on every channel on their television set. If you click on media simply to be annoyed, it is pointless to blame others for your choice.

We do not intend on defending the content of Fitna, only our choice to allow it. Anyone has the full right of reply on LiveLeak.com.

Any person or organizations are free to post their opinion and, dependent on said response falling within both the law and our rules, we will afford such responses equal exposure.

There are undoubtedly better ways to spark a discussion but this film is now out there and we believe we should all grasp this opportunity to create an open dialogue and discussion on this subject.

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