Friday, September 28, 2012

Google's Brazil head arrested for not removing videos on YouTube violating election laws and Islam

From longtime reader "Z" comes this article on how creeping censorship is affecting South America's largest country.  Arrested for not removing certain "insulting" videos, Fabio Jose Silva Coelho could face jail-time and hefty fines.  Understand that this is an example of a country bowing to sharia law in ordering the "Innocence of Muslims" video off the net and imposing fines for refusing to comply.  

It is coming to America if we are not vigilant and stand firm for the first amendment.  If we fold, we will be at the mercy of theological tyrants.

From CBS September 26

Google's Brazil chief detained in YouTube case

(AP) RIO DE JANEIRO - Google Inc.'s head of operations in Brazil was detained by the country's federal police Wednesday after the company failed to heed a judge's order to take down YouTube videos that the court ruled violate Brazilian electoral law.
The detention came as another court ordered YouTube to remove clips of an anti-Islam film that has been blamed for deadly protests by Muslims around the globe, both joining a spate of court-ordered content-removal cases against Google's video-sharing website in Brazil.

The arrest of Google executive Fabio Jose Silva Coelho was announced in Sao Paulo. A press release issued by the federal police said he was not expected to remain in jail and should be released later in the day after signing a document promising to appear in court.

(...)Sao Paulo-based judge Gilson Delgado Miranda gave the site 10 days to remove video clips from "Innocence of Muslims," which has angered many Muslims around the world by its depiction of the Prophet Mohammed and his followers as thugs. After the 10-day window, Google will face fines of $5,000 a day for every day the clips remain accessible in Brazil, according to the statement on the court's website.

The company did not respond to requests Wednesday for comment about the case.

The "Innocence of Muslims" ruling resulted from a lawsuit by a group representing Brazil's Muslim community, the National Union of Islamic Entities, which claimed the film violates the country's constitutional guarantee of religious freedom for all faiths.

So the film made Muslims so upset they couldn't concentrate on Friday prayers?
In a statement on the group's website, Mohamad al Bukai, the head of religious matters for the Sao Paulo-based organization, hailed the ruling.

"Freedom of expression must not be confused with giving disproportionate and irresponsible offense, which can provoke serious consequences for society," al Bukai said.

Threat noted. Read it all.

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