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The Interview: Will the American people and companies that call

themselves American be stopped from seeing a film that skewers

one of the world's most genocidal despots?

 

 

Sony's Only Hope of Redemption: Post 'The Interview' for World to See (Le Monde, France)

 

It has been 25 years since the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a religious 'fatwa' enjoining Muslims around the world to kill august British writer Salman Rushdie. The reason? One of his novels, The Satanic Verses, was insulting to Islam. The case of The Interview involves the same type of threat. As suggested by our British colleagues at The Financial Times, Sony must in turn respond by utilizing the Web and making the The Interview accessible to anyone who wishes to see it ... and putting it online.

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Pierre Guittard

 

December 21, 2014

 

France Le Monde Original Article (French)

The firm Sony Pictures Entertainment has created a dangerous precedent. Yielding to the aggression of pirates in cyberspace guided by North Korea, the studio announced on December 17 that it would not release a film, The Interview, in theaters or via any other medium. This capitulation marks a black day for free expression in a world living in the digital age.

 

The information pirates have won a victory unparalleled in the history of cyber warfare. They have forced, which had to write off an $80 million investment in a film that was due to be released for Christmas. On Friday evening, President Barack Obama said he regretted that the studio "made a mistake" by canceling the film, just after the FBI fingered the Pyongyang regime for the act of piracy that victimized Sony.

 

 

Marauding freely through the computers at Sony, the pirates seized the e-mails of Sony management - which at times contain consummate vulgarity - and extremely confidential e-mails, movie scripts and other documents considered to be more or less confidential. They made the entire contents public and promised to upload even more if they failed to obtain what they sought: the withdrawal of the film.

 

It will be hard enough for Sony management to regain its reputation, and even more so for the parties who thought they could safely correspond with it safely via e-mail, but the assault went even further. The pirates that call themselves "The Guardians of Peace" threatened to carry out attacks on theaters that show the film. Employees of the studio were surprised to find when turning on their computers this week the following message: "The world will be full of fear Remember the 11th of September 2001."

 

Hollywood had already surrendered. Even before the Sony decision, the largest distribution networks had refused to carry The Interview. The film chronicles the plans of two journalists eager to obtain a meeting with Kim Jong-un who are then recruited by the CIA to assassinate the leader of the North Korean regime.

 

If the American argument is true, and Pyongyang denies any involvement, that means that a state can blackmail a newspaper, a publishing house, a theater or a film producer into removing an article, a documentary - or any work it dislikes. That means that any or almost any attack can be gotten away with in this space of exchange - the Internet - that is the heart of daily life in our era. It confirms, unfortunately, a form of warfare is already well underway in this vast digital space where nothing is safe.

Posted By Worldmeets.US

 

 

It has been 25 years since the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a religious "fatwa" enjoining Muslims around the world to kill august British writer Salman Rushdie. The reason? One of his novels, The Satanic Verses, was insulting to Islam. The case of The Interview involves the same type of threat. As suggested by our British colleagues at The Financial Times, Sony must in turn respond by utilizing the Web and making the The Interview accessible to anyone who wishes to see it ... and putting it online.

 

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:
Guardian, U.K.: North Korea Demands Joint Investigation into the Sony Hack - 'or Else'
Guardian, U.K.: VIDEO: North Korea 'Likely Not' Behind Sony Pictures Hack
Deadline, U.S.: Hollywood Cowards: Clooney Explains Why Sony Stood Alone
Telegraph,m U.K.: Sony Hack: Angelina Jolie Branded 'Seriously Out of Her Mind'
CNN, U.S.: VIDEOS: Hackers Tell Sony it Will 'Safeguard Data' if Movie is 'Never Released'
The DMZ War, U.S.: North Korea Infiltrated Agents to Strike U.S. Cities and Nuke Plants
BBC News, U.K.: Demise of 'The Interview': A Comedy of Terrors - in Four Acts
Guardian, U.K.: Sony Hack: a PR Car Crash from Which Firm May Never Recover
Guardian, U.K.: Hackers Who Targeted Sony Warn on '9/11 Attacks' on Moviegoers
Guardian, U.K.: Sony Orders News Outlets to Stop Reporting on Stolen Data
Guardian, U.K.: Sony E-mails Reveal Jennifer Lawrence Paid Less than Male Co-Stars

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US Dec. 21, 2014 9:42pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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