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  1. Abstract
  2. First Amendment Right for Anti- Muslim Video
  3. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula
  4. U.S government
  5. Conclusion

The-infamous film that allegedly insults and ridicules the Prophet Muhammad-Anti-Muslim video presumed to have been produced by and Egyptian-born Coptic Christian known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, sparked violent protests targeted at Western embassies across the Muslim and Arab world. The video has largely been blamed to have sparked violent protests in Libya that led to the death of Christopher Stevens, American high commission to Libya.

Additionally, this anti- muslim video mocking the prophet Muhammad has put its author and director, Nakoula Basseley Nakoulain the same limelight as Terry Jones and ignited a debate on the First Amendment Right to speech, especially around protection of speech. the the promotion of the film and the film, under the First Amendment, are protected speech, and so is the filmmaker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, aka Sam Bacile. This paper examines the video and explains whether the filmmaker had a First Amendment right to make the film; it offers a vivid legal explanation as to why the filmmaker First Amendment right cannot be violated. Additionally, the paper looks at how the mainstream American media covered the story, how the United States government treated the issues, the filmmaker's interpretation and explains how, assuming that I made the film, I would have handled the alleged uproar. The paper also answers the question of whether the U.S government should arrest and criminally prosecute the maker of the anti-muslim film, ?The Innocence of Muslims?.

[...] (2012, September 12). Read the Bizarre Casting Call for the Now Infamous Anti-Muhammad Film & How the Entire Cast Was ?Grossly Misled.? The Blaze. Hudson, J. (2012, September 18). Egypt Issues Arrest Warrants for Terry Jones and Anti-Islam Filmmaker. The Atlantic Wire. Washington, D.C. Retrieved from http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/09/egypt- issues-arrest-warrants-terry-jones-and-anti-islam-filmmaker/56972/ Naharnet Newsdesk. (2012, September). [...]


[...] In determining whether the filmmaker and the film distributor had First Amendment right, it is important to consider whether the film, considered as speech, was intended to incite violence or was an incitement to riots the film or speech should have not only led to violence, but the filmmaker must have intended the film to incite riots/violence. The Innocence of Muslims?, or the anti-muslim video did produced violence, but it is clear that it was not the filmmaker's intention for the film to produce violence; the film did not also produce violence immediately. For this reason, the filmmaker has First Amendment rights since the film/speech is protected by the First Amendment. [...]


[...] There is no way that the film produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoulaqualify as an incitement to violence (Chertoff, 2012). I strongly disagree with the filmmaker's interpretation and condemn in the same breath as did most leaders and governments. The filmmaker in depicting the prophet Muhammad, a figure revered by many around the world, as a moronic adulterer who apparently approves sexual abuse of children (Howerton, 2012), crossed the line. This made this film reprehensible and disgusting; it denigrates a great, revered prophet and religion (Naharnet Newsdesk, 2012). [...]

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