We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comment.
Sweden, Local: “Elderly Man Fined For Walking Slow”
Please inform my 84 year old body to shuffle along a bit faster!
Norway, Norway Post: “Find Stolen Chocolate”
What a sweet story!
USA, aol: “Alleged Spying”
These days what other kind is around?
Turkey, Hurriyet: “Say Farewell To Dead Miner”
I will have to dig into this story.
Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Proud To Come To Work”
Words never uttered by any American Congressman
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We are still in the opening years of the great technology revolution that each day not only changes our lives, but changes our conception of basic ideas such as freedom of speech. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia is engaged in a dissipate with YouTube which goes to the very basic concept of freedom of speech. She wants an anti-Muslimm video removed because its very existence poses a threat to her life. The video claims that she uttered anti-Muslim comments which leads people to believe that she hates the prophet Mohammad. She never uttered the words attributed to her. Now, she confronts the possibility that some Muslims might regard her as one who has insulted their prophet.
Three judges in the 9th Circuit Court are demanding that YouTube remove the offensive video on grounds that its presence poses a threat to the life of Ms.Garcia. On the other hand, some argue this is a threat to the First Amendment right to free speech. Of course, she is now receiving death threats. We agree with the judges, free speech does not allow anyone to yell, “fire” in a crowded theater.
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