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Dutch lawmaker: film criticizing Islam to be finished this week

Dutch lawmaker: film criticizing Islam to be finished this week

A Dutch lawmaker said Tuesday his film criticizing the Quran will be completed this week and Pakistani authorities' move to block clips of him on YouTube show the country is not a democracy.
Geert Wilders said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that his short film _ in which he says he will portray the Quran as a "fascist book" that incites violence and intolerance of women and gays _ is in the final stages of editing.
He said he will begin negotiations with television broadcasters next month to have it aired.
Pakistan's ban of YouTube knocked out access to the video-sharing Web site in many countries for up to two hours over the weekend.
Authorities there said they wanted to root out a clip of Wilders in which he says "very blasphemous" things about Islam while promoting his film.
"I know of no trailer of my film, or of anybody else who has made one, so someone over there is a little too wound up," Wilders said.
Many clips of Wilders criticizing Islam or warning of its perceived dangers circulate on YouTube.
The censorship of YouTube, whether its real goal was to block clips insulting to Islam or clips critical of the Pakistani government, "shows how pathetic the capacity of Pakistan to absorb criticism of either its government or Islam is," he said.
"It's far from a true democracy. A real democracy must be able to bear some criticism."
He said he would begin negotiating with several broadcasters next month to find a distributor for his 10-minute film.
"A number of parties said they were interested both here and abroad," he said. "Now we'll have to see if they were serious."
He said that the film would "in any case be available on the Internet."


Updated : 2021-04-12 21:55 GMT+08:00