UPDATE: LiveLeak has had a change of heart, Fitna is now available on their service and they have issued another statement. I commend LiveLeak for changing their position but have to question the intellectual honesty of the statemen, which says, to paraphrase, that they are unbiased yet personally offended by the film.
Having them isn’t hard, standing up for them is. First it was Network Solutions and now LiveLeak, who really must be naive if they think Islamic extremists give a shit about “freedom of speech on the net” or “accepting one another’s culture”. It’s too bad Mr. Wilders’ government basically threw him under the bus rather than stand up for what is a universal human right, free speech. Despite LiveLeak’s pretty language about many opinions, the fact remains that when it counted they chose to censor one opinion out of fear of another, and this won’t foster a “discussion that could benefit and educate us all”, rather it will only serve to embolden one group of extremists.
Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, Liveleak.com 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 anothers culture.
We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high.