A website that a Dutch right-wing politician was planning to use to release a film expected to be fiercely critical of Islam has been suspended. The US hosting service, Network Solutions, said it was investigating complaints that it may have breached guidelines on hate language.
Dutch politician Geert Wilders says the 15-minute film describes Islam as “the enemy of freedom”. The planned release has sparked angry protests in many Muslim countries. The Dutch government has disassociated itself from Mr. Wilders’ views, but there are fears the film will spark protests similar to those that followed the publication in Denmark two years ago of cartoons seen as offensive to Muslims. The film has already been condemned by several Muslim countries, including Iran and Pakistan.
There is one part I don’t get, and that has nothing to do with what motivated a right-wing politician to create this site – after all he is right wing and that says a lot – but what’s really going on here? Are we going to be afraid what we say or write because we might upset somebody fanatic in Pakistan or Iran and they might complain to the embassy and then goodbye …blog? Since when we transform every ignorant fanatic Muslim to expert in freedom of speech?