Skip to comments.Citing extremism, Russia seeks to ban ‘Innocence of Muslims’
Posted on 09/18/2012 4:28:48 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has warned internet providers against the online distribution of the film, which Muslims say is blasphemous.
"The Prosecutor General's Office will appeal to the courts for this film to be acknowledged as extremist in order to prevent its online distribution in Russia," Office spokesperson Marina Gridneva told Interfax on Monday.
An inquiry has been held into "the online distribution of the film, which insulted religious beliefs and incited inter-ethnic feud," she said.
"Before the court makes a ruling, the Prosecutor General's Office instructed the Federal Service for Communications, Mass Media and Information Technologies to take measures to prevent the media distribution this film contains," Gridneva added.
Violent protests against the film broke out on Sept. 11 in Egypt and Libya, eventually spreading to other Arab countries in the days that followed. An attack on the US consulate in Benghazi led to the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin warned a number of leading internet providers against violating a law forbidding online distribution of this film, Gridneva said.
"The instructions were also given to prosecutors in Russian regions, who would take similar measures," she said.
Federation Council senators said internet providers should restrict access to websites hosting a trailer for the film, which Muslims say is blasphemous to the prophet Muhammad.
"The screening of this film has already led to the deaths of tens of completely innocent people," Ilyas Umakhanov, deputy speaker of the Federation Council, told Interfax.
Umakhanov described "Innocence of Muslims" as "nothing more than a pornographic satire aimed at inflaming the situation in the Muslim world."
"It is therefore necessary to introduce restrictions (on the distribution of the film), even if this causes consternation at first," he said.
The Senator expressed his fear that outrage over the movie could split society and lead to a drawn-out conflict.
It has been estimated that some 10 million Muslims live in Russia.
Russia is just as wimpy as the democrats here ?
Utterly amazing when free speech has to bow to one particular ethnic group or culture.....because they may/will resort to violence. =.=
As he was leaning toward Medvedev in Seoul, Obama was overheard asking for time - “particularly with missile defense” - until he is in a better position politically to resolve such issues.
“I understand your message about space,” replied Medvedev, who will hand over the presidency to Putin in May.
“This is my last election ... After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama said, expressing confidence that he would win a second term.
“I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” said Medvedev, Putin’s protégé and long considered number two in Moscow’s power structure.
2 + 2 = 4
Blashpeming mohammed is not allowed in Putinist Russia.
Russia could block YouTube over anti-Islam film - September 18, 2012 - A controversial new Russian media law could be used to block YouTube in the country over postings of the anti-Islam film that has sparked deadly rioting, the communications minister warned Tuesday. "It sounds like a joke, but because of this video... all of YouTube could be blocked throughout Russia," minister Nikolai Nikiforov wrote on Twitter. He pointed to sections of the law, which goes into effect on November 1 and is designed to protect minors from extremist and other dangerous material, allowing the government to block an entire site over the content of a single page.
This is easy for Russia. They don’t have Freedom of speech, and they are scared crapless of the Muslims too.
While they're hardly guardians of free speech, the Russians are at least intellectually and philosophically consistent; they would (and have) crack down on perceived blasphemies directed at Christianity as well. The democrats here could make no such claim, and in fact, have led the denigration of all things Judeo-Christian.
Good point about the Russians
Sounds like the Russkies are in on the scam.