May 18, 2010

Derive Politics post: Freedom of Speech

Here's another post I wrote a while back for Derive Politics entitled Freedom of Speech. An excerpt:

"The recent controversy over the American television show South Park's 200th and 201st episodes (which satirized previous controversies over depictions of the prophet Muhammad among other things) touched off a nerve among some people. Among the two groups that reacted the most were the people in charge at Viacom, who out of fear of possible anger and outrage heavily censored both episodes (including censoring the word Muhammad and censoring an unrelated speech about not being intimidated at the end of the 201st episode), and extremist Muslim groups, one of which posted death threats against Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the two creators of South Park."

Read more here.

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