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Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body 678

Onymous Hero writes "Following the recent YouTube video 'The Innocence of Muslims' and the subsequent Muslim violence, Saudi Arabia has stated that there is a 'crying need for international collaboration to address "freedom of expression" which clearly disregards public order.' The World Telecommunications Policy Forum (a UN body) is the vehicle by which Saudi Arabia (and possibly other states) will try to use to implement a global set of internet content standards."
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Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body

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  • Yes! Let's do it! (Score:5, Informative)

    by bradley13 ( 1118935 ) on Friday October 12, 2012 @08:58AM (#41629719) Homepage

    "international collaboration to address "freedom of expression" which clearly disregards public order"

    I agree absolutely. Let's set the standard: public disorder - destroying property, killing people - is a crime. Freedom of expression is not. Pretending that freedom of expression forced someone to violence is a transparent and pathetic excuse.

    According to TFA, Saudia Arabia is still blaming the video clip for the violence. It is now well-established that the violence was pre-planned; the date of September 11th was picked carefully. The video clip was merely a transparent excuse, and the upload may, in fact, have been coordinated to coincide with the violence. Saudia Arabia is trying to use the situation to impose their fundamentalist values on the rest of the world. No thanks.

    So, yes, let's set a standard: Free speech is too important to compromise.

  • The One Solution (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 12, 2012 @08:58AM (#41629721)

    OK, do as Saudi Arabia calls... but KISS. We only need One Rule to Rule Them All:


    We have freedom of speech, so telling everyone how shitty religion is is my freedom an no religion has the right to shut me down.
    We have freedom of sex, so being homosexual is over that shitty religion you keep talking about.
    We have freedom of mind, so I don't mind telling how stupid a people is believing in religion but I won't tolerate they attack me (driving people to commit suicide [christians], shouting I must be killed [muslims], etc.) in fact, I will do my whole to erase religion from Earth as it's the worst infection this planet suffers.

    And, at last but not at least, please, do not mix "religion" with "ethic". I won't kill anything because I find it unethical not because my *own* religion forbids it. Religion can be sent without any problem to the incinerator and sent to oblivion.

  • by dskoll ( 99328 ) on Friday October 12, 2012 @09:22AM (#41629999) Homepage

    Second, there is only one country in the world that has, throughout its history, used its military power and political influence consistently to try to export its ideas of morality and law to the world, and it ain't no abode of Muslin desperation, it is the U-S-of-A.

    Oh, really? So what was this [] all about?

  • Re:no (Score:5, Informative)

    by N0Man74 ( 1620447 ) on Friday October 12, 2012 @09:51AM (#41630431)

    If the evil people couldn't use Islam to be evil they'd use something else.

    I agree with you, but yet I still have to concede that it is a lot easier for evil people to manipulate people into doing evil by using the Quran than it is by using My LIttle Pony episodes.

  • by dskoll ( 99328 ) on Friday October 12, 2012 @10:05AM (#41630679) Homepage

    Are you arguing that what non-Muslims should do is commit genocide against Muslims?

    No. But we have a duty to point out how evil Islam is. And we have a duty to use all means in our power to prevent the spread of militant Islam. Ideally, that will be through persuasion and non-violent resistance, but if militant Islamists attack us violently then we have no recourse but to respond violently also.

  • by AvitarX ( 172628 ) <`gro.derdnuheniwydnarb' `ta' `em'> on Friday October 12, 2012 @10:31AM (#41631061) Journal

    Can't be racist since the author is a Muslim.

    Are you aware of what the word racist means? Would you use the phrase "can't be racist since the author is Muslim"? there are multiple races in the Muslim world you know, and much like in the Christian world, there is plenty of hate between them, but speaking out against a religion is never racism.

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