A polemic movie critical of the Islam got removed from LiveLeak after the makers of the video hosting site apparently got threatened. “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,” the site announced. The short film, called Fitna and created by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, was showing a Muhammad drawing which circulated before, and juxtaposed verses from the Qur’an with atrocities like the attacks against the World Trade Center.
“The threats themselves ranged from the standard random internet threat we receive each week to some specific threats that caused us to consider our options.” While LiveLeak did not want to tell more about the threat’s nature, they did say the threats were delivered anonymously, not signed. LiveLeak has a threat evaluation system differentiating between green, amber and red (red being the most dangerous, and it was assigned to the threads against hosting this particular film). While threats against the site are numerous, these ones were specific and local enough to be considered serious danger for the LiveLeak staff.
“We looked at the situation minute by minute for the time we kept the video on the site. Once certain press outlets started providing false information about where the site was based ... we knew the threats would become far more targeted. When this became the case there was no further debate to be had. We had to protect our own,” LiveLeak states.
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