Freedom Of Speech Or Downright Cruel?

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Fri, September 14 2012 at 5:50 PM, Updated: Fri, September 14 2012 at 6:36 PM

Four days after the film 'the innocence of Muslims' popped up in Egypt, violent attacks on American Embassies have spread as well as protests to at least a dozen countries. Four people are reported dead including the Ambassador of Libya. Despite the film's violent push back around the world, does the first amendment protect the film maker?

The films creator has gone into hiding since it was published online.
the low budget, comedic and offensive film lead to violence across the globe. Under the first amendment this California filmmaker has the right to do it, but should those rights trump the violence which has happened as a result?

As violence spreads across the middle east in reaction to the poorly-acted, low-budget film that mocks the prophet Muhammad, the question has come up-has this American film-maker crossed a dangerous line or is he protected by his  constitutional right to freedom of speech?
Medford film maker Alex Williams supports the American freedom of free speech but questions the  motives of the man who made Muhammad "the innocence of Muslims" Williams also supports satirical value of films but says this film just misses the mark.
Attorney Fred Aebi recognizes the difficulty which can come from the right to express. Such as in this case but is there a point where the right to free speech becomes less important than the harm done? The film maker remains in hiding and his exact motivation for making the movie is unknown. attorney's that I've spoken with say that it doesn't seem that the film producer broke any laws, but the united states government has launched an investigation into the release.

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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