Two free speech challenges for Australia

"Muslim Massacre" game

Update on a post of Sept. 14:
"The Australian Muslim community has accused the Federal Government and police of double standards over their treatment of a free online game in which the aim is to kill as many Muslims as possible. Keysar Trad, president of the Islamic Friendship Association, wrote to the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, expressing outrage over the game, Muslim Massacre, saying it teaches young people to "further hate Muslims" and encourages them to carry out "acts of discrimination, vilification or outright violence against Australian Muslims".

The game, launched as a free download on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, invites players to take control of an American "hero" and "wipe out the Muslim race with an arsenal of the world's most destructive weapons". It was created by a 22-year-old programmer going by the online handle Sigvatr, who says on his website that he is from Brisbane and works part-time as a service station attendant....

But the response to Trad from the Attorney-General's department was little more than a two-page explanation of Australia's content classification and racial discrimination laws and the government bodies tasked with administering them.

Trad said he received a response from the federal police "telling me that I can complain to the Australian Communications and Media Authority if I wished". But it is unlikely ACMA can do anything to have the game removed from the net as it is not hosted on Australian servers.


So ACTUAL massacres by Muslims are OK but just playing at massacring Muslims is not?? Has Mr Trad condemned Osama bin Laden and his ilk? Have the hate-preaching Mullahs all been silenced?

Coca Cola must not defend itself from its critics

Update on a story of Oct 17:
"A controversial advertising campaign in which Australian actor Kerry Armstrong claims Coca-Cola is not unhealthy, is facing the axe. The future of the so-called "myth-busting" print advertisement will be decided by the Advertising Standards Bureau next month.

Health campaigners are also planning a formal complaint to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, alleging the ads are factually misleading. They are objecting to Armstrong's claims that Coca-Cola does not make you fat, rot your teeth or is it packed with caffeine.

"When I was asked to speak out in favour of one of the world's largest brands, Coca-Cola, it became clear that it was surrounded by all kinds of myths and conjecture," the Lantana and SeaChange star says in the full-page ad. "Now that I've found out what's myth and what isn't, it's good to know that our family can continue to enjoy one of our favourite drinks....


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