Friday, 28 March 2008

Geert Wilders' anti-Islam film released online

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After months of anticipation, criticism, threats and counter-threats, right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilder's controversial short film, Fitna, warning of the perceived "Islamisation of Europe" has finally been released online at video site LiveLeak.

You can read about its release in this story on the BBC website, which for anyone who doesn't want to watch the video provides a summary of what it contains.

Now the release has actually happened, it remains to be seen what the fallout might be. Wilders lives under constant police protection, and ever since he announced his intention to make Fitna the Dutch government has been taking measures to protect its offices overseas.

Opinion is greatly divided over Wilders and his film, so we're running a poll to gain an idea of what readers of this blog think. Here's the question, followed by the choice of responses. Vote at the top right of this page:

What is your opinion on the controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders and his decision to release the short film Fitna, which warns of the perceived "Islamisation of Europe"?
  • In releasing his film, Wilders is making a brave stand against Islamisation and mounting a necessary defence of Western values
  • Wilders is acting in a deliberately provocative manner and should be condemned for his actions. Free speech must be exercised with a degree of responsibility, which Wilders has failed to demonstrate
  • While I do not agree with the message of the film, I believe that free speech is paramount and so defend Wilders' right to release it
As always, your comments are encouraged - please leave them on this post.


Ralph said...

Would you please remove your report which says that the Wilders film has been put online by Liveleak. Liveleak have just removed the film from their servers following threats to their staff by Islamofascists.

Perhaps instead you could replace it with a short piece highlighting the grotesque hypocrisy of the Guardian reading community which has been happy enough with cartoons over the last fifty years that take the piss out of Bishops, priests and Christianity in general, but throws up its hands in horror as soon as a non-Western religion is mocked.