Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2014
Mark Youssef, the filmmaker behind the controversial film, “Innocence of Muslims,” and William J. Becker, Jr., president and CEO of FreedomX, a nonprofit public interest law firm supporting conservative and Christian freedom of expression, counsel for Youssef, are available to the media to respond to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on Garcia vs. Google Inc et al. (No. 12-57302) earlier this week requiring YouTube to remove the video.
“The Ninth Circuit’s opinion overreaches and pretends to protect the rights of an actress, who claims to have been targeted by death threats, by ordering the removal of an entire movie trailer that has been up since 2012,” said Becker. “The court could have ordered the removal of Garcia’s appearance without having to censor the entire trailer or its message.”
Becker added: “Garcia’s identity is already publicly available to anyone who wants to learn it. Removing the film from YouTube will not alleviate the alleged harm Garcia claims she will suffer. In the end, this ruling amounts to nothing more than censorship of unpopular speech the First Amendment specifically protects.”
Mr. Becker and Mr. Youssef are available for pressers. To schedule, contact Michael Johnson at (213) 761-4668. or info(at)FreedomXLaw(dot)com.
The case mentioned is Garcia vs. Google Inc et al., Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 12-57302.
FreedomX is a nonprofit public interest law firm that protects conservative and Christian freedom of expression. For more information, go to http://www.FreedomXLaw.com.