Fitna is a short film produced by a Dutch politician Geert Wilders, it was released on the 27th of March on the internet because the Dutch TV channels refused to broadcast it. The film explores Qur’anic motivation for terrorism, Islamic universalism, and Islam in the Netherlands.
The film starts with verses from the Quran linked to video clips of Imams stating Islamic teaching, violent actions done in the name of Islam, including major terrorist attacks. It ends with a call for action from Wilders to defeat ‘Islamic ideology’, comparing it with Communism and Nazism.
The movie was first mentioned in November 2007, which caused great concerns in the Netherlands and also lead to public protests.
The release of Fitna caused a lot of national and international reactions. Various groups of people in countries like Iran and Malaysia want to boycott Dutch products. The Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, said on behalf of the government: “The film equates Islam with violence. We reject this interpretation.” In the media the issue ‘to what extend can you have freedom of expression without discrimination?’ is raised.
On the 1st of April 2008 this issue was discussed during newsflash in Atlantic College. A presentation was given by 2 Dutch students and opinions of students from different backgrounds (including Christians, Muslims and Atheists) were presented.
Akshat Bansal and Dieteke Tamminga (the Netherlands, AC 07-09)
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