Iran Asks Dutch Gov't to Ban Anti-Islam Film

Right-wing pol's movie shows Koran as inspiration for murder
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 2:35 PM CST
Iran Asks Dutch Gov't to Ban Anti-Islam Film
An activist, holding a placard describing Dutch MP Geert Wilders as an extremist and harmful to Dutch society, pickets a market in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. The maverick lawmaker's planned anti-Quran film has the Dutch wrestling with the limits of their centuries-old traditions...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Upset by a right-wing Dutch politician's movie, which portrays the Koran as an inspiration for murder, Iran’s justice minister is asking the Dutch government to ban the film, the BBC reports. The minister called the film, by parliament member Geert Wilders, an unnecessary attack on Islam’s holiest object. The Dutch government has so far supported Wilder’s right to show the film, which is set to air in a few months.

"We must not allow the freedom of speech to be used as a cover for assaulting the sensibilities and exalted moral and religious values which are respected by all of humanity," the minister wrote. Wilders may have to leave the country; another filmmaker  was murdered in 2004 after a film about abused Muslim women. (Read more Iran stories.)

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