September 20, 2012

Anti-Islam filmmaker abused freedom of expression: UN chief

Geneva: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday condemned the maker of anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, and said that the producer abused his right to freedom of expression by making the movie, which he called a “disgraceful and shameful act.”
The low budget movie sparked violence in the Muslim world with millions of people attacking US embassies and the consulates. The worst incident occurred in Libya where armed protestors killed US ambassador to Libya including three other diplomats.
Addressing a news conference , the U.N. chief said: “Freedoms of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected, when they are used for common justice, common purpose.”
“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. - Reuters


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