Saying that it was 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," LiveLeak.com has shut down the Dutch website showing the anti-Koran film Fitna. The film claims that the Muslim holy book instigates terrorism and discrimination worldwide. LiveLeak said that after the 15-minute film began showing, it received threats that it believed "could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff." The film, made by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, had earlier been rejected by Dutch television stations after Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said that airing it could lead to "hurt feelings" among Muslims living in the Netherlands. Earlier in the week, U.S.-based website Network Solutions said that it would also refuse to allow the film on its servers because it believed that it violated its "acceptable use" policies. Numerous copies of the movie have nevertheless been posted on YouTube.




31/03/2008