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PTI Puts Google on Notice to Remove Blasphemous Video

PTI Puts Google on Notice to Remove Blasphemous Video

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Dr Arif Alvi Secretary General of PTI has put Google and itssubsidiary YouTube on notice for not removing the blasphemous video. This is in continuation of an earlier letter after which Google made a statement in New York Times that the video would stay as it did not violate YouTube’s policies describing hate speech
Dr Arif Alvi Secretary General of PTI has put Google and itssubsidiary YouTube on notice for not removing the blasphemous video. This is in continuation of an earlier letter after which Google made a statement in New York Times that the video would stay as it did not violate YouTube’s policies describing hate speech

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Published by: PTI Official on Sep 23, 2012
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Office of the Secretary GeneralSuite # 101, 1st Floor, 1/C Commercial Area Mohammad Ali SocietyApartments, Mohammad Ali Society, Tel: 34168051-3
Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf 
BY ELECTRONIC MAIL
22nd September 2012Mr Eric Schmidt Chairman and Chief Executive Google Inc. (“
Google
”)1600 Amphitheatre ParkwayMountain View, California 94043 U.S.A.Dear Sir, With reference to my earlier letter to you dated 17th September 2012, the situation resulting fromGoogle’s posting of the “Innocence of Muslims” video on the Google-owned website YouTubehas escalated tremendously and has led to loss of innocent lives throughout the Muslim worldand at least 29 people were killed in Pakistan on Friday, 21st September 2012. Particularlyalarming is Google’s insensitive and reckless refusal to remove the said video from YouTube.1. This movie is based on derogatory, defamatory and blasphemous material, and is motivated by a deep-seated hatred for Muslims in the mind of the producer.2. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, as a mainstream political party in Pakistan with a globalreach, demands of Google to follow (and review if it feels it is inadequate) its Terms of UsePolicy that defines hate speech for material posted on this platform. Let me quote fromyour document:
“We don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a groupbased on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).”
3. From press reports it is evident that even White House officials on Friday asked Google toreview the posting of the hateful YouTube video but Google has refused to do so and hastoldThe New York Times, that it does not have any intention of taking it down and that the“Innocence of Muslims” video does not violate YouTube’s terms of service regarding hatespeech because it is focused on the Muslim religion and not the people who practice it andthat it is clearly within Google’s guidelines and so will stay on YouTube.4. There is enough evidence that this video has incited the feelings of more than a billionMuslims throughout the world. Tens of millions came out on the streets in Pakistan to protest. It seems that more than 50 deaths with millions of Muslims protesting over the
 
 
Office of the Secretary GeneralSuite # 101, 1st Floor, 1/C Commercial Area Mohammad Ali SocietyApartments, Mohammad Ali Society, Tel: 34168051-3
Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf 
video is not still proof enough for Google that this is ‘Hate Speech’. By contrast, YouTuberemoved a series of 10 animated movies about holocaust denial earlier this year which itthought came under ‘hate speech’ and it is reported that it has removed more than 1700videos of holocaust denial in the past. By every fair and reasonable measure – and Googleand its affiliates must surely consider themselves to be fair and reasonable entities – wouldthis not amount to discrimination in favor of the world’s Jewish population and against allthe Muslims of this world, who are much more sensitive about any insult to the ProphetMuhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) than Jews are about holocaust denial?5. The anger the video ignited is by itself enough evidence that the video is hateful in intentand effect and has already had very serious consequences including loss of lives, injuries tothousands, and of billions of dollars in damage to property, lost work and production.6. Google should also be aware that a crackpot in the US can make the world unsafe and theUS has made statements that it will send its marines into 22 countries where US diplomaticlives are at stake. Does Google even realize the repercussions of these intentions andthreats if they were to materialize and that it may lead to wars? Historically wars have been fought for much less and sometimes based on total misinformation.7. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) protects theright to hold an opinion without interference but, the exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and arenecessary:a. For respect of the rights or reputations of others;  b. For the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of  public health or morals. Additionally, Article 20 of the ICCPR also adds, “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law.” The article referred to here calls on states to take measures that are“consistent with their obligations under international human rights law, to address andcombat such incidents.”8. The Government of Pakistan has taken up our party’s advice to approach the United Nationsand Organization of Islamic countries to push for legislation that was defeated the last time

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