Albany Paper Backs Free Speech Claim in Controversial Game Lawsuit

In an editorial published this morning the Albany Times-Union offers support for a federal lawsuit filed last week against the city of Troy, New York and its public works commissioner, Robert Mirch (left).

GamePolitics readers will recall that in 2008 inspectors invoked the city’s building code to shut down an art gallery which was displaying Virtual Jihadi, Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal’s controversial computer game exhibit. From today’s Times-Union editorial:

What constitutes free and protected speech in Troy, and what constitutes public safety and unacceptable building code violations, aren’t merely matters of fiat. They aren’t simply up to the whims of Robert Mirch. They shouldn’t be, at least…

 

The public works commissioner, not to mention the majority leader of the Rensselaer County Legislature, had effectively appointed himself arbiter of public morals…

Mr. Mirch, meanwhile, seems to have a new beef with the media… He’s bothered that the lawsuit, which after all is a public document, has made it into the hands of the media. Let’s hope he doesn’t try to use the building code to further retaliate…

Free speech and the building code should be kept separate.

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