Critics Fear Free Speech Crackdown amid Mideast Riots

September 16, 2012

The violent attacks on the U.S. embassies in the Muslim world this week in part stemmed from a chaotic call to restrict speech: Rioting Islamists demanded a film that casts Mohammad in a negative light be banned.

Those keeping an eye on the stifling of religious freedom already taking place in America are worried scenes the Mideast unrest could increase pressure to shut up controversial speech by Christians.

Their biggest concerns: access to the Internet and the so-called New Media companies that control it.

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