UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday the maker of an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world abused his right to freedom of expression by making the movie, which he called a“disgraceful and shameful act.”
The film, posted on the Internet under several titles including “Innocence of Muslims,” mocked the Prophet Mohammad and portrayed him as a womanizer and a fool.
It sparked days of deadly anti-American violence in many Muslim countries, including an assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in Libya in which the U.S. ambassador died.
“Freedoms of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected, when they are used for common justice, common purpose,” Ban told a news conference.
“When some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way.”
“My position is that freedom of expression, while it is a fundamental right and privilege, should not be abused by such people, by such a disgraceful and shameful act,” he said.
A California man convicted of bank fraud was taken in for questioning on Saturday by U.S. authorities investigating possible probation violations stemming from the making of the video. He has denied involvement in the film and has now gone into hiding.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Brunnstrom
I agree with the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that freedom of expression should not be abused to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs.
I protest over what Sam Bacile did as well as over the violence and killings during the protests over the film in some countries.
Muslims must protest but it must be done in a peaceful assembly or in other peaceful ways because that is how good Muslims should behave.
Protest were held in Libya and Egypt against a film that insult Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by radical Americans.
The title of the film is ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and the producer is Sam Bacile.
The evil film is very insulting and anger Muslims from all over the world.
As the result, an American ambassador, Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed during an attack by angry Libyans at the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Tuesday night.
The Libyans were very angry about the humiliation but they should not kill the ambassador or other Americans when someone else produced the film.
Of course, I am very angry about the film too but as Muslims we can’t cause violence and kill a person just like that.
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the film to be banned in Malaysia.
I really agree with him because people who support freedom of speech could be influenced by the film and may do more crazy things to insult the Muslims or people from other religions.
And there might be people who might loose their patience after watching the film and might hold violent demonstrations at the American Embassy like what happened in Libya, Egypt and some other countries.
I think that the American government must understand the sensitivity of the Muslims and do not let the freedom of speech to be misused by their citizens to insult and humiliate other religions and the rights of other people.
I am sorry that four Americans were killed and lots of others are unsafe because of one useless film.