I have just learned that LiveLeak was forced to remove Fitna from its servers. As far as I know, this is unprecedented.
This makes the virally-spread alternative sites that much more important. I mentioned a number of them in my previous post; to that list can be added a version with Danish subtitles on the Pirate Bay.
The LiveLeak version of the movie has been replaced with the following statement:
The Removal of “Fitna”
Official LiveLeak statement
Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed comments from certain members of the British media that could directly affect the safety of some staff members, Liveleak 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 LiveLeak.com 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 another’s culture.
We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high.
Geert Wilders is to blame for the danger to the staff at LiveLeak, right?
Hat tip: PoliGazette, via Fausta.