Friday, March 28, 2008

Liveleak Pulls Fitna

It's a self-fulfilling proposition. Geert Wilders produced a controversial film that showed just how barbaric the jihadis are, and the threats proceeded against not only Wilders, but against those who were hosting the film online. Liveleak had no choice but to take the safety of their employees into consideration:
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 lead to the harm of some of our staff, has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers.

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 is a vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one.

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, as the first poster, was on the receiving end of such threats, and they must have been of such a specific nature that they had no choice but to pull the film from their servers.

This is what happens when you cede free speech to jihadis and their ilk. They don't like something, they threaten violence. They get their way.

If you don't kowtow to them, they begin engaging in violence until they do get their way. They often act like petulant two-year olds. The problem is that they often have firearms, explosives, and aren't afraid to use them.

Meanwhile, Michael van der Galiën, who I've linked to in the past, has had his account suspended, ostensibly for posting the video. Silencing critics is no way to go about business, and it is a chilling of free speech and expression.

Copies can be found through bittorrent and both Google video and YouTube have copies. To save the copy locally, you can right click and save file as - fitna.mp4.

Hot Air has more.

Infidel Bloggers Alliance has links to other sites hosting copies.

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