Website withdraws Dutch anti-Islam film

The website showing an anti-Islam film by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has said Saturday it was forced to remove the material, citing serious threats against its staff.

Website withdraws Dutch anti-Islam film
"Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill-informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, Liveleak.com has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers," a message in red, on the website's front page, read.

"Fitna" features violent imagery of terror attacks in New York and Madrid intertwined with Quranic texts.

Muslim nations, the European Union and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have expressed outrage at the film, posted on the Internet on Thursday by the London-based website.

The statement, however, did not reveal the nature of the alleged threats or their source. It did not elaborate on what it meant by ill-informed reports from the British media.

The Dutch government has distanced itself from Wilders' film and Islamic leaders there have called for calm.

Ban called Wilders' film offensive while Iran and Bangladesh warned it could have grave consequences and Pakistan protested to the Dutch ambassador.

"I condemn in the strongest terms the airing of Geert Wilders' offensively anti-Islamic film," Ban said in a statement.

A Jordanian media coalition said it would take Wilders to court and launch a campaign to boycott Dutch products.

Agencies
Last Mod: 30 Mart 2008, 13:31
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