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Geert Wilder To Edit “Fitna” Under Legal Threat

Posted by avideditor on April 11, 2008

Geert Wilder To Edit “Fitna” Under Legal Threat: “

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Related: After hiding family members from Muslim Religion Of Peace killers, Liveleak reposts ‘Fitna’

Guardian and agencies:

A Dutch MP and author of a film about Islam that has drawn worldwide condemnation has said he will edit out a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad shown in the movie.
Fitna – which sometimes translates as ‘strife’ in Arabic – is a 15-minute film by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders that accuses the Qu’ran of inciting violence. The movie shows images of September 11, the 2003 Madrid bomb attacks and the death of murdered Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh, interspersed with quotations from Islam’s holy book.

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The movie has attracted condemnation from world leaders since it was released on the internet last week, with UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon labelling it ‘offensively anti-Islamic’. Protests also took place in some Muslim countries, including Indonesia and Pakistan.

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Wilders said yesterday he would remove images of a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad, showing the Islamic prophet wearing a turban with a bomb in it. The picture, one of the 12 Danish cartoons that led to violent protests across the Muslim world in 2006, was included at the beginning and end of Fitna.

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Wilders’s announcement comes after the Danish Union of Journalists said it would sue the MP for copyright infringement. The picture’s author, Kurt Westergaard, said he was not contacted with a request for permission to use the picture. ‘I don’t want my drawing to be used in something that I don’t know anything about. Had Mr Wilders contacted me, we could have talked together and I could have found out what he wanted with the drawing,’ he said.

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Wilders’s office said the picture would be replaced with another cartoon of the prophet Muhammad. Additional, minor edits will also be made, said Wilders’s representatives.

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Meanwhile, UK website Liveleak.com, which removed Fitna from its website on Friday after staff received death threats, reinstated it two days later. ‘We will not be pressured into censoring material which is legal and within our rules,’ reads a statement heading the video.

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‘We apologise for the removal and the delay in getting it back, but when you run a website you don’t consider that some people would be insecure enough to threaten our lives simply because they do not like the content of a video we neither produced nor endorsed but merely hosted,’ it added.

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About 40 hard-line Muslims demonstrated outside the Dutch Embassy in Indonesia in a protest that began Monday and continued Tuesday, calling for Wilders’ death. compound before dispersing.

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Malaysia’s Islamic opposition party delivered a protest note to the Dutch Embassy and urged Muslims worldwide to boycott Dutch products.

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Wilder’s party holds nine seats in the 150-member Dutch parliament, said the film was intended to warn the West of the dangers posed by Islam.

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On Monday, Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen met with ambassadors of countries belonging to the Organization of the Islamic Conference to assure them the film ‘in no way reflects the opinion of the Dutch government,’ spokesman Rob Dekker said.

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He said the diplomats inquired whether Wilders would be prosecuted for violating hate speech laws. Prosecutors have said they have not yet decided whether to take action.

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