updated 01:47 pm EST, Wed February 26, 2014
Movie 'trailer' on Google's service seen as blasphemous to Muslims
Earlier today. a US appeals court upheld a ruling forcing Google to pull an anti-Islamic film from YouTube that caused international unrest on its release. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Google's defense that pulling the video, which depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a sexual deviant, was impinging on freedom of speech, and thus the action would violate Constitutional protections.
The plaintiff, actress Cindy Lee Garcia, found that the film included a clip from a different movie she appeared in, with an audio dub where she appeared to be asking a question using a phrase that Muslims found offensive. For many of the Muslim faith, any depiction -- much less an offensive one -- of the Prophet Mohammed is considered to be blasphemy.
Garcia's lawyer Cris Armenta, in an email to Reuters, called the removal of the film "the right thing to do." The counselor also claimed that "the propaganda film differs so radically from anything that Ms. Garcia could have imagined."
Ninth Circuit Court Judge Alex Kozinski said that the actress had faced "serious threats against her life" and was staring down serious harm without an injunction and the film's removal. Judge Kozinski said in his ruling that "it's disappointing, though perhaps not surprising, that Garcia needed to sue in order to protect herself and her rights."