Fitna Website Suspended; Network Solutions Investigates

Network Solutions have announced they have suspended the hosting of the website, used to promote a film from a Dutch right-wing politician, while they investigate whether the site’s content is in violation of the Network Solutions’ Acceptable Use Policy. The suspension follows a number of complaints regarding hate language on the site Network Solutions is investigating.The Dutch politician behind the film, 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 the film, and Dutch officials fear the film will spark protests similar to those that followed the publication in Denmark of cartoons that were deemed offensive to Muslims two years ago.”Fitna”, the title of the film, is “an Arabic word used to describe strife or discord, usually religious” says the BBC.Writing in a Dutch newspaper last Saturday, Mr Wilders wrote, “‘The film is not so much about Muslims as about the Koran and Islam. The Islamic ideology has as its utmost goal the destruction of what is most dear to us, our freedom,’ he wrote in De Volkskrant” reports the BBC.”Fitna is the last warning for the West. The fight for freedom has only just begun,” he said.However Network Solutions is saying they have received a number of complaints including that the “material that is obscene, defamatory, libellous, unlawful, harassing, abusive… hate propaganda” and “profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable material of any kind or nature” according to the BBC.Meanwhile, Mr Gilders is complaining the world is against him, saying he will go and hand out copies of his film on DVD personally on the Dam, Amsterdam’s central square.

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