Elon Musk battles Australian government over censorship of stabbing attack: 'Enemy of the people'

 April 25, 2024

Elon Musk has called for an Australian senator to go to jail over censorship of an anti-Christian terrorist attack.

Tasmania's Jacqui Lambie called Musk a reckless "knob" and called for him to face jail time over his refusal to take down a graphic video of an Assyrian bishop getting stabbed by a young Muslim terrorist.

Musk called Lambie, who deleted her X account in protest, an "enemy of the people" and said she is the one who should go to jail.

"Absolutely. She is an enemy of the people," he wrote in response to another user.

Bishop supporting Musk's battle

A federal court in Australia ordered Musk to block the video of the stabbing for X users worldwide. Musk says he has blocked it locally while X appeals.

The April 15 stabbing incident was captured on a livestream of a church service at The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, a suburb of Sydney.

The 16-year-old attacker stabbed Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel while shouting "Allahu Akbar" and complained that the victim had insulted the prophet Muhammad.

The bishop is "strongly of the view that the material should be available,” a lawyer for X told the court in Musk's legal battle with Australia's "eSafety Commission."

Musk gave a tongue-in-cheek thanks to prime minister Anthony Albanese after he pointed out that other social media platforms have complied.

“I’d like to take a moment to thank the PM for informing the public that this platform is the only truthful one,” Musk posted.

Musk targeted by censors worldwide

Albanese said the dispute was about "common sense" rather than censorship, but Musk views the matter differently.

"Our concern is that if ANY country is allowed to censor content for ALL countries, which is what the Australian "eSafety Commissar" is demanding, then what is to stop any country from controlling the entire Internet," he wrote.

"We have already censored the content in question for Australia, pending legal appeal, and it is stored only on servers in the USA," he wrote on X.

"Should the eSafety Commissar (an unelected official) in Australia have authority over all countries on Earth?"

Since purchasing Twitter and rebranding it X, Musk has fashioned himself a champion of free speech against oppressive governments around the world.

The Supreme Court of Brazil recently ordered a criminal probe into Musk over his refusal to comply with a court order to remove certain accounts tied to Brazil's political right.

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