Indonesia denounces anti-Koran film by Dutch lawmaker

Islamic community leaders and Indonesian politicians on Friday condemned an anti-Koran film by a Dutch lawmaker, saying it was misleading and would hurt interfaith dialogue.

Indonesia denounces anti-Koran film by Dutch lawmaker

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Kristiarto Legowo said the contents of the film were misleading and full of racism and called the production of the film an irresponsible action done under the blanket of freedom of the press.

House of Representatives Speaker Agung Laksono said the government must take action against the film because internet users could easily download it and distribute it and it could trigger religious conflict.

Anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders released the film over the internet late Thursday after publicizing its release for months.

"We strongly oppose the film, which is clearly an insult and discredits Islam," said Dien Syamsuddin, chairman of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia's second-largest Islamic organization.

Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation with nearly 88 per cent of its 225 million people adhering to Islam.


Agencies

Last Mod: 28 Mart 2008, 13:18
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