Monday, August 24, 2009
Get involved and fight back against phony charges of hate speech — make a poster and enter The Poster Revolution contest.
A local Texas newspaper has cited the now iconic “Jokerbama” image as an example of hate speech after a military veteran reported the presence of the posters on light poles in his local area to City Hall officials.
The Hays Free Press carried the headline Freedom… of hate speech?on its front page late last week next to the Infowars version of the Jokerbama image, with the word “fascism” underneath.
The article notes that the appearance of the posters has been spearheaded by Alex Jones’ competition, but only cites negative feedback from a few local residents who they say have been taking the posters down:
“This is appalling,” [local resident] Lutrick said. “I served in the military. That’s my commander in chief.”
The article also quotes a City of Kyle spokesperson:
“Jerry Hendrix declined to comment about the nature of the fliers hung in the public right-of-way, but said they violate the city’s sign ordinance. If caught, the individual could be fined up to $2,000.”
“Whoever is doing it needs to stop,” Hendrix said. “It creates additional work for our code enforcement officer.”
Despite this threat of a fine, the article also notes that there are “no actual restrictions prohibiting” the placement of the posters.
Meanwhile, ABC affiliate KBMT News reported on the appearance of the posters in Tyler, Texas, noting that “Tyler police took photos and collected some of the posters as evidence,” as if they are investigating a crime.
Watch Alex Jones’ breakdown of this story from yesterday’s syndicated Sunday show (begins 8 mins in):
The censorship of the image online also continues with Yahoo owned photograph website Flickr now closing down discussion forums on the image in addition to removing the image from their pages.
Firas Alkhateeb, the artist behind the picture has said he plans to file a counterclaim against Flickr censorship of his image.