Film Premier in March?

Geert Wilders’ film “Fitna” is due to be released this month – so within 5 days. I’m not sure where.

There’s been a long discussion about the possible reaction here in the Netherlands and in Muslim countries, particularly in relation to the potential danger for Dutch people.

However the Dutch constitution guarantees freedom of speech, with very limited options for censorship mostly related to public order.

It seems that after much discussion the government has found that there are no grounds to prevent the film being released, or rather no grounds to ask the courts to prevent the film being released.

Wilders states that his film will be provocative but within the law. Within the law will not be enough for many Muslims, some of whom might pursue legal channels such as charging Wilders for hate crimes. But if the film is screened it seems likely that we will see more protests here and in Muslim countries, and that it may be bad for Dutch exports and dangerous for Dutch travellers.

It’s a modern dilemma, but apparently the content of the website was enough to draw a serious response from Network solutions – at this time the site shows a message specifying that there have been a number of complaints leading to an investigation

This site has been suspended while Network Solutions is investigating whether the site’s content is in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy.

Apparently a US company is braver on making a stance than the Dutch government.

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One thought on “Film Premier in March?

  1. Your comment about “bravery” is exactly backwards. It doesn’t take bravery to cave in to intimidation based on hate-speech and threats of violence. What *does* take bravery is to stand up for the moral principle of freedom of speech, despite and in defiance of precisely such threats.

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