US cartoonist persecuted for police jokes

This video from the USA is called Renton Police Want Man Jailed For Mocking Police Department In Cartoon Parody.

In the United States of America, not just open access activists are persecuted.

Cartoonists are as well.

From The Raw Story:

Washington prosecutor wants to jail cartoonist for mocking police<

Posted on 08.5.11

By David Edwards

A prosecutor in Renton, Washington wants to send an anonymous Internet cartoonist to jail for embarrassing the police department.

In documents obtained by KIRO 7, prosecutors asked the King County Superior Court to issue a warrant forcing Google to turn over the true identity of cartoonist known as MrFiddlesticks.

One video even seems to address the prosecutor’s obsession with the cartoonist.

“Is there any reason why an anonymous video, with no identifying information that ties it to the department or city is being taken more seriously than officers having sex on duty, arguing with outside agencies while in a drunken stupor off duty, sleeping while on duty, throwing someone off a bridge, and having inappropriate relationships with coworkers and committing adultery?” a cartoon officer asked.

“The reason is that internal dirt is internal,” a cartoon bureaucrat replied. “The department will crucify certain people and take care of others.”

City prosecutors are basing their case on a broad cyberstalking law that makes it a crime to “harass,… torment, or embarrass” a person with “any lewd, lascivious, indecent, or obscene words, images, or language.”

“The cyberstalking angle doesn’t pass the laugh test,” cyber-law expert Venkat Balasubramani told KIRO 7′s Chris Halsne. “It’s a serious stretch and I’d be surprised if somebody looked at it and realistically thought these acts actually fit the statute and we could make somebody criminally liable.”

“I think they were trying to get at the speaker and they looked around for a statute that shoehorned their conduct into and sent that to Google and said ‘turn over the information.’”

The City Attorney’s office and Renton police department did not respond to questions from Halsne./blockquote>

See also here.

What will all those xenophobes defending the Danish corporate media anti Muslim cartoons as the apex of free speech say now about this? Don’t hold your breath.

Journalist Kicked Out of ALEC Conference, Threatened With Arrest. Eric Carlson, The Center for Media and Democracy: “After filling out my registration form to receive press credentials, I was told by an alarmed ALEC intern to wait while she fetched her boss. While I did not think she had ever heard my name, the look on her face made me think that perhaps she had heard of our new project ALEC A very stern looking gentleman – Ted Wagnon of Vox Global Communications – arrived and told me my application would be denied on the grounds that the Center for Media and Democracy was an ‘advocacy organization.’ I asked Wagnon for a written explanation, and he handed me ALEC’s Media Policy, which bears no mention of ‘advocacy organizations'”: here.

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