Released: Fitna the Movie

27 March 2008
 Released: Fitna the Movie

Hat Tip byBaron Bodissey - Gates of Vienna

Fitna is a film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom in the Dutch parliament. The movie offers a critical view of Islam and the Koran. The name comes from the Arabic word fitna which is used to describe "disagreement and division among people", or a "test of faith in times of trial".

Update: LiveLeak, who had expected to keep the movie up, recieved so many credible death threats from The Religion of Peace they decided to remove the movie. It's sad, but at least it did get a lot of publicity and MSM coverage in the 24 hours it was up.

Gates of Vienna keeps a list of alternative sites, torrent sites and translations. It is available at Google Video and many other places. The LiveLeak link will remain here, as the takedown message is instructive. This is what happens if our politicians do not stand up against intimidation. They've been rather frail this time, not least at the EU level.

The movie was first mentioned in the Dutch media on November 27, 2007 and was released on the internet on 27 March 2008

Fitna the Movie: Geert Wilders' film about the Quran (English)

Wilders has said the 15-minute film will show how verses from the Koran are being used today to incite modern Muslims to behave violently and anti-democratically based on those verses.

Wilders has described the film as "a call to shake off the creeping tyranny of Islamization"

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Fitna the Movie: Geert Wilders' film over de Koran. (Nederlands)


Fitna the Movie From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fitna is a film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom in the Dutch parliament. The movie offers a critical view of Islam and the Koran. The name comes from the Arabic word fitna which is used to describe "disagreement and division among people", or a "test of faith in times of trial".

The movie was first mentioned in the Dutch media on November 27, 2007[3] and was released on the internet on 27 March 2008.[4][5]

Produced by Geert Wilders Written by Geert Wilders Release date(s) 2008-03-27 Running time 15 minutes

Content

Themes

Wilders has said the 15-minute film will show how verses from the Koran are being used today[6] to incite modern Muslims to behave violently and anti-democratically based on those verses.[7][8]

Wilders has described the film as "a call to shake off the creeping tyranny of Islamization" [9]

International worries

The Dutch government has expressed great concern about the upcoming film release and has made emergency evacuation plans available to all its consulates and embassies worldwide. It is also hardening security measurements around military installations abroad.[10]

It is feared that the film will lead to violent demonstrations such as the protests against the Jyllands-Posten Mohammed cartoons that were published in the Danish newspaper 'Jyllands-Posten' in 2005.[11] This previous Muslim violence resulted in the burning of the Danish embassy in Syria and other acts of violence around the world, including the murder of a Catholic nun and people from several different religions, including Muslims.[12]

Egypt is closely monitoring the situation.[13] The European Union has alerted its diplomatic missions around the world to expect a reaction to the release of the film.[14]

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has officially declared that France will provide every necessary support to aid the Netherlands in the suppression of any Muslim violence that might result from Fitna's release.[15]

NATO has said it fears that the consequences of Fitna may affect the safety of troops in Afghanistan. [16]

Criticism

Wilder's as-yet unseen film has been claimed by some to be incendiary and offensive to Muslims. Public protests have occurred in Dam Square, Amsterdam[17] and Kabul, Afghanistan.[18][19] In response to concerns, Dutch broadcaster Radio Netherlands Worldwide created a multi-language website to detail the film, the surrounding controversy, its creator, and the nation of its origin.[20]

Censorship

Pakistan YouTube ban

In February 2008, Pakistani regulators internally banned YouTube for several days due to a "blasphemous" video clip one report claimed to be a trailer for Fitna. Google eventually complied with the Pakistani protest and the material was removed.[21][22][23] As a result of the block, Pakistan accidentally caused the YouTube site to be unavailable worldwide for a couple of hours.[24][25]

Network Solutions website takedown

In early March 2008, a preliminary version of the movie's official website, fitnathemovie.com, was put online. The index (and only) page of the site consisted of a picture of the Koran accompanied by the text "Geert Wilders presents Fitna" and "Coming soon".

On March 22, the hosting provider of the website, the Internet company Network Solutions, replaced the page with a message stating that the company “is investigating whether the site's content is in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy.” and that “Network Solutions has received a number of complaints regarding this site that are under investigation.”[26][27][28] The shutdown was swiftly followed by criticism of Network Solutions' alleged hypocrisy in hosting the domain of Hezbollah, an entity that America and the Netherlands (along with four other countries) designate as a terrorist organization.[29][30][31][32][33]

On March 24, Network Solutions issued a press release saying the company asked Wilders for a copy of the film to review to gauge compliance with the Acceptable User Policy. It was only after they received no response from Wilders, they say, that they suspended the website.[34][35] Wilders responded to the ANP saying he has other options available and his film will be made public before April 1.[36]

On March 25, in a statement on its website, the Czech National Party offered to screen Fitna if it is banned in the Netherlands.[37]

Threats and consequences

* Zabihullah Mujahid has stressed that the Taliban will increase their attacks on Dutch military and humanitarian peacekeepers in Afghanistan, if the film was ever aired.[38]

* Wilders is the subject of a fatwa, allegedly associated with Al-Qaeda, calling upon Muslims to assassinate Wilders in the name of Islam. [39]

* Syria's Grand Mufti, leader Ahmad Badr al-Din said that if Geert Wilders pictures the image of a burning Koran in his film, the Dutch people will be held responsible and possible attacks against Western public interests are not out of the question.[40]

* Iran has threatened to review its diplomatic stance with The Netherlands, should the film be aired.[9]

* Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands is worried about possible repercussions for Dutch citizens and economic interests.[41] In response Wilders accused Balkenende of capitulating to Islam.[42]

* The publication of the film was investigated by the Dutch ministry of Justice to find out whether the release of the film could be prevented, but this could not be done.[43]

* On March 6th 2008, the Dutch government raised its national terroristic threat level from the status 'limited terroristic threat' to 'substantial terroristic threat' because it fears Muslim terrorists will launch attacks against European targets, with the film as one of the causes.[44][45]

Release

Wilders released the movie on 27 March 2008 on the website of the PVV party.[4][5]

Wilders also negotiated about a possible broadcast of the film on the Dutch television. At this stage however it appears that no Dutch broadcaster wants to show the film in its entirety without interruptions. Wilders has said that he would "Rather have [the film] entirely on the Internet, than half on television".

The Dutch press centre Nieuwspoort was willing to show the film, as long as the PVV-leader would pay for his own security costs, which he declined to do.[46]

The Dutch Network NMO (Dutch Muslims Network) proposed to broadcast the film. Geert Wilders however answered this offer with "No Way".[47]

References

1. ^ Wilders' film krijgt Arabische titel 'Fitna' (Dutch). DeMorgen.be (2008-02-09). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

2. ^ Duk, Wierd (2008-02-10). Film Wilders heet 'Fitna' (Dutch). limburger.nl. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

3. ^ Jansen, Paul. "Provocerende film Wilders", De Telegraaf, 2007-11-27. Retrieved on 2008-03-22. (Dutch)

4. ^ a b "Dutch MP posts Islam film on web", BBC', 27 March 2008

5. ^ a b Thomasson, Emma. "Dutch MP launches anti-Koran film online", Reuters, Scientific American, 2008-03-27. Retrieved on 2008-03-27.

6. ^ Nieuwsbrief Maart. Nieuwsbrief - Partij voor de Vrijheid mailing list (2008-03-11). Retrieved on 2008-03-11.

7. ^ "Koranfilm Wilders heet 'het kwaad'", telegraaf.nl, 2008-02-09. Retrieved on 2008-03-08. (Dutch)

8. ^ Murray, Douglas. "A film-maker who lives in the shadow of a fatwa", Spectator.co.uk, 2008-03-12. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

9. ^ a b Park, Michael (2008-01-21). Iran Warns Netherlands Not to Air Controversial 'Anti-Muslim' Film. FOX News. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

10. ^ de Jong, Perro (2008-01-23). Wilders and his film worry Dutch expats. NowPublic. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

11. ^ Embassies burn in cartoon protest. BBC (2006-02-04). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

12. ^ Caldwell, Christopher. "In defence of the right to offend", Financial Times, 2008-01-26. Retrieved on 2008-01-27.

13. ^ Egypt 'monitoring attacks on Islam ahead of Dutch TV film'. Agence France-Presse. Google (2008-02-22). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

14. ^ EU braces for outrage over Dutch lawmaker's anti-Koran film. The Associated Press (2008-03-05). Retrieved on 2008-03-25.

15. ^ Frankrijk belooft Nederland steun na Wilders-film (Dutch). hln.be (2008-03-05). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

16. ^ Nato fears over Dutch Islam film. BBC (2008-03-03). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

17. ^ Dutch protest against Islam film. BBC (2008-03-22).

18. ^ Masood, Ahmad. "Afghans chant death in cartoon protest", Reuters, 2008-03-22. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

19. ^ "Afghans protest Danish cartoons", Press TV, 2008-03-22. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

20. ^ About Fitna The Movie. Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

21. ^ Pakistan blocks YouTube website. BBC (2008-02-24). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

22. ^ Pakistan lifts the ban on YouTube. BBC (2008-02-26). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

23. ^ Waterman, Shaun (2008-02-26). Pakistan unblocks YouTube after video goes. United Press International. Middle East Times.

24. ^ Pakistan move knocked out YouTube. CNN (2008-02-05). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

25. ^ "Pakistan's YouTube ban briefly affected global access", Agence France-Presse, Inquirer.net, 2008-02-26. Retrieved on 2008-03-27.

26. ^ Web host suspends site planned for anti-Koran film. Reuters. Yahoo! News (2008-03-23). Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

27. ^ Krebs, Brian. "Network Solutions Pre-Censors Anti-Islam Site", Washington Post, 2008-03-23. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

28. ^ "Web site for Dutch anti-Quran film suspended by host", Associated Press, International Herald Tribune, 2008-03-23. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

29. ^ US: Hizbolla - yes, Wilders - no. The Avid Editor’s Insights. EuropeNews (2008-03-23). Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

30. ^ WHOIS information for hizbollah.org. mirahost (1998-02-06). Retrieved on 2008-03-24.

31. ^ beantwoording toezegging inzake de positie van hezbollah 1. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved on 2006-10-11.

32. ^ Annual Report 2004. Netherlands General intelligence and security service (2005-01-01). Retrieved on 2008-03-25.

33. ^ Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). United States Department of State (2005-10-11). Retrieved on 2006-07-16. "Current List of Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations ... 14. Hizballah (Party of God)".

34. ^ "Network Solutions’ Statement Regarding the Suspension of Fitnathemovie.com", Network Solutions, 2008-03-24. Retrieved on 2008-03-27.

35. ^ Rosencrance, Linda. "Network Solutions suspends anti-Islamist film Web site", Computerworld, 2008-03-25. Retrieved on 2008-03-27.

36. ^ Network Solutions wants to see the film. Retrieved on 2008-03-26.

37. ^ Czech National Party offers its web server for hosting the movie. Der Spiegel (2008-03-25). Retrieved on 2008-03-26.

38. ^ Taliban threatens attacks because of Wilders film. Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau. Expatica News (2008-02-28). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

39. ^ 'Al Qaeda Fatwa against MP Wilders'. NIS News Bulletin (2008-02-28). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

40. ^ Geert Wilders Fitna Movie Timeline. FeceOnAir.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

41. ^ Tran, Mark (2008-03-03). Dutch government could ban anti-Islam film. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

42. ^ Wilders: Premier is beroepslafaard (Dutch). elsevier.nl (2008-02-23). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

43. ^ Pipes, Daniel (2007-12-29). Will Geert Wilders Show His Film on the Koran?. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

44. ^ Nederland vreest aanslagen wegens film Wilders (Dutch). hln.be (2008-03-06). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

45. ^ "Dutch Raise Terror Threat Level After Film Stokes Muslim Hostility", dw-world.de, 2008-03-07. Retrieved on 2008-03-09.

46. ^ "Wilders ziet af van persconferentie film", Partij voor de Vrijheid, 2008-03-12. Retrieved on 2008-03-12. (Dutch)

47. ^ "Wilders ziet niets in uitzenden 'Fitna' door moslimomroep", Brabants Dagblad, 2008-03-26. Retrieved on 2008-03-26. (Dutch)

External links

* Official website of Fitna (currently suspended) * Fitna at the Internet Movie Database * (Dutch) Fitna at LiveLeak * (English) Fitna at LiveLeak


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