X Wins in Australian Court Against Government Over Stabbing Video

| Updated on May 14, 2024

X won a reprieve from the Australian court on Monday after the court refused to extend a temporary order to block videos of a Sydney church stabbing. 

Australia’s online watchdog eSafety Commissioner filed an injunction to remove posts on X containing the violent attack of a priest in April. The federal court has denied the bid from eSafety. 

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed during a live-streamed sermon in Sydney. The event was widely circulated online, getting thousands of views from the public. 

After the incident, the eSafety Commissioner was granted a temporary legal injunction ordering X to hide posts that showed the footage of that live sermon. 

Elon Musk challenged that decision by saying that it is an assault on free speech. Here is what he said via his X handle. 

“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?” 

Australian PM Anthony Albanese also slammed Elon Musk for his remarks in an Interview. “The e-Safety Commissioner has made a ruling. The other social media platforms all complied without complaint. This is a measure that has bipartisan support in this country,” said the PM Albanese.

To which Musk replied by saying “I do not think I’m above the law. Does the PM think he should have jurisdiction over all of Earth? This platform adheres to the laws of countries in those countries, but it would be improper to extend one country’s rulings to other countries,”

Himanshu Kumar

Tech and Software Writer