Innocence of Muslims

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Court: No, YouTube Didn't Have to Dump Anti-Muslim Flick

Actress wanted 'Innocence of Muslims' yanked after death threats

(Newser) - In a victory for free speech advocates, a federal appeals court says YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in favor of Google... More »

Court Orders YouTube to Yank Anti-Muslim Video

Federal appeals panel sides with actress in 'Innocence of Muslims'

(Newser) - The anti-Muslim video that set off worldwide protests in 2012 can no longer be seen on YouTube. A federal appeals court today ordered Google to take down Innocence of Muslims, reports the San Jose Mercury News . The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to back the request made... More »

Anti-Muslim Film Director Freed From Prison, Speaks Out

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula chides president's administration

(Newser) - The man behind an infamous anti-Muslim film says he likes President Obama but thinks his administration has acted irresponsibly. In his first interview since being released from prison, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, director of The Innocence of Muslims, tells CNN he was shocked when the administration linked his movie to the... More »

Egypt Court Bans YouTube for Month Over Islamic Video

But ruling might be impossible to enforce

(Newser) - An Egyptian judge has ordered the government to block YouTube for a month over the anti-Islamic video that showed up last year and caused deadly riots, reports AP . The judge called the Innocence of Muslims "offensive to Islam," but it's unclear whether the government would be able,... More »

Officials Brace for New Video Attacking Islam

'The Innocent Prophet' is slated for release Friday

(Newser) - European officials and coalition forces are preparing for violence in anticipation of the release of a new anti-Islam video in the vein of Innocence of Muslims . Australia's News Network reports that Aussie troops are girding themselves for protests in Afghanistan, and RT reports that Belgian officials have raised the... More »

Egypt Sentences 7 to Death for Anti-Islam Film

Film's creator among those sentenced

(Newser) - Seven Egyptian Christians have been sentenced to death for their role in The Innocence of Muslims, reports Reuters . The defendants, including the film's Egypt-American creator, Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, were sentenced in absentia for "insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam... More »

Anti-Muslim Filmmaker: I Wanted to Burn Myself in Public

Zero remorse for Innocence of Muslims

(Newser) - The New York Times has scored the first prison interview with Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (aka Sam Bacile, aka Ebrahem Fawzy Youssef, aka Kritbag Difrat ), the man who wrote and produced The Innocence of Muslims. Sort of. Actually, the warden wouldn't allow an in-person interview, but via written correspondence... More »

Anti-Islam Filmmaker Gets Year in Prison

Mark Basseley Youssef violated probation for bank fraud

(Newser) - A California man who was behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in the Middle East has been sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, was sentenced today by US District Court Judge Christina Snyder after... More »

Thousands Protest Anti-Islam Video at Google London

Religious mockery has gone on too long: protesters

(Newser) - London is the latest city to face major protests over an anti-Islam video , with thousands gathering in front of Google's local offices to demand the clip be removed from YouTube. While a Muslim activist group said 10,000 were in attendance, police said the figure was closer to 3,... More »

Al-Qaeda Leader Urges Holy War Over Islam Film

Ayman al-Zawahri praises attacks in Cairo, Benghazi

(Newser) - The leader of al-Qaeda has urged Muslims to wage holy war against the US and Israel over the Innocence of Muslims film that insulted Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Ayman al-Zawahri also praised as "honest and zealous" demonstrators who breached US compounds in Cairo and Benghazi and called for more... More »

Anti-Muslims Idolize Innocence Filmmaker

One calls Nakoula Basseley Nakoula 'a political prisoner'

(Newser) - To America's anti-Muslim bloggers, the director of Innocence of Muslims is more of a cult hero than a criminal, Wired reports. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula "is a political prisoner," writes one , who argues that recent Arab protests are designed "to intimidate the US into criminalizing criticism of... More »

Intel Chief Defends Shifting Libya Accounts

But GOP ramps up pressure on White House over attack

(Newser) - The nation's spy chief took the unusual step yesterday of issuing a statement to defend the shifting US position on the Libya consulate attack, reports the Washington Post . Yes, said national intelligence director James Clapper, the assault initially seemed to be a spontaneous response to that anti-Islam movie , but... More »

Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Arrested, Jailed in California

Nakoula Bassely Nakoula violated probation in 2010 fraud conviction

(Newser) - The filmmaker who made the notorious anti-Islam movie Innocence of Muslims is in hiding no more—he got arrested and jailed today in California, reports AP . Authorities picked up Nakoula Bassely Nakoula—aka Sam Bacile, only one of many pseudonyms—for violating the terms of his probation on 2010 bank... More »

Obama to UN: People Are Free to 'Call Me Awful Things'

President condemns Libya attack as assault on UN ideals

(Newser) - President Obama addressed the UN in New York this morning, condemning the attack on the US consulate in Libya, defending free speech, and vowing to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Here's what he said.
  • Obama opened with a glowing tribute to the late Ambassador Chris Stevens, saying
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Iran Blocks Gmail, Google Searches in Film Revenge

Company, meanwhile, celebrates record-busting stock prices

(Newser) - Iran has punished Google for not yanking a 14-minute YouTube trailer for the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims by doing some yanking of its own. The government is blocking Gmail and Google search functions, reports CNN . YouTube has been blocked in the country since mid-2009. The sites were blocked "... More »

Obama Lies About Terrorism

Libya lies are 'a scandal,' writes Stephen F. Hayes

(Newser) - After the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, the Obama administration insisted they were simply caught in a protest over an anti-Islam film. Now, as it has become increasingly clear Chris Stevens and the other victims were actually killed in a planned terrorist attack,... More »

Iran Ready for 'Pre-Emptive Attack' on Israel

...But Ahmadinejad says he doesn't take Israeli threat seriously

(Newser) - If Iran really thought Israel was going to attack, it would launch a pre-emptive strike, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard general was quoted as saying yesterday. "Iran will not start any war," he said, according to Iran's state-run Arabic language station, "but it could launch a pre-emptive... More »

US Bashes $100K Bounty on Anti-Islam Filmmaker

'Inflammatory, inappropriate,' says official

(Newser) - A US official has called it "inflammatory and inappropriate" for a Pakistani minister to offer a $100,000 bounty for killing the filmmaker of Innocence of Muslims. Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, who made the offer, said he would pay the bounty out of his own pocket as protests... More »

Bangladesh Protests Leave Dozens Injured

Pakistani official offers $100K for filmmaker's murder

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Bangladesh today as rage over an anti-Islamic film continued to inflame the Muslim world, the Guardian reports. Scores were hurt in the nation's capital, Dhaka, when protesters threw stones and police fired back with teargas and batons. Police also arrested dozens of... More »

20 Dead in Pakistan Protests

Sanctioned day of rage gets violent, as US airs ads condemning video

(Newser) - Pakistan's government declared today a national holiday specifically so people could go out and protest The Innocence of Muslims—but that official sanction hasn't kept things calm. Demonstrations in Karachi and Peshawar left 20 dead and more than 100 injured as protesters torched movie houses, police cars, and... More »

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