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Controversial Dutch film removed from British Internet site
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-03-29 16:13
The controversial film made by a Dutch right-wing lawmaker which is critical of Islam was removed Friday from the British Internet site where it has been on show since Thursday.

In a statement put in its place, the website said the film was taken offline because "very serious" threats were made to staff.

"This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else," the statement said.

In the 16-minute film made by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, footage of attacks in New York, Madrid and London were mingled with verses from the Koran and statements by radical imams.

At the end of the movie, a hand is shown grabbing a page of the Islamic holy book and the sound of paper being torn is heard. A written statement appears on the screen in which Wilders says it is not up to him to tear verses out of the Koran, but that Muslims themselves should do that.

The film has caused outrage among Muslims worldwide and has drawn condemnation from all corners of the world. The United Nations, the European Union and many Muslim countries have all strongly condemned the movie.

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said the government regretted the release of the film and believes Wilders' only aim is to hurt people's feelings. He said the Dutch authorities are investigating whether the lawmaker has committed an offense.

A group of Muslims in the Dutch city of Eindhoven has decided to take legal action against Wilders, Dutch media reported.

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