Dutch anti-Islam politician Wilders plans new film
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders said on Thursday he planned to produce a follow-up film to his anti-Koran video "Fitna" to warn against the threat Islam poses to free speech and the impact of Muslim immigration.
Wilders's previous film, which was launched over the internet in March 2008 and argues that the Koran incites violence, was condemned by the Netherlands and Muslim nations, but did not spark widespread violent backlashes as initially feared.
Wilders said his new film would focus on the threat of Islam and the impact 'Islamisation' has had on Europe and the United States. The film would also focus on the principle of freedom of speech and should be completed before the end of 2010, he added.
The outspoken MP heads the Freedom Party PVV in the Dutch Parliament and recent polls have shown that if an election was held now, the PVV would become the largest party ahead of coalition government parties the Christian Democrat CDA and Labour PvdA.
"We should be more on the offensive instead of the defense," Wilders told Reuters, but added that the film is not meant to offend Muslims.
Wilders, who is being prosecuted in the Netherlands for his anti-Islam remarks, said in February he was barred from entering Britain after he landed in defiance of a ban as part of his plans to show Fitna in the British Parliament.
"Unfortunately, there are only a few leaders who are standing up and saying our freedom of speech principles are more important than appeasing Islam," Wilders said.
Wilders said the video would also focus on the impact of Islamic immigration in western countries, confirming earlier comments made to mass Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
Although the new film would not be a copy of Fitna, it would still take a sharp stance against Islamic countries. "It will not be less peppered than the first film," he was quoted as saying.
Wilders, who has called for an end to Islamic immigration, is now seeking funding from both the United States and Europe for the production of the film. He has already had offers of support from people within the movie and documentary industry willing to help make the film, he said.
Fitna raised Dutch government concerns last year about the possibility of attacks and came in the footsteps of an earlier film which was also critical of Islam by another Dutch politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and director Theo van Gogh.
A militant Islamist later murdered Van Gogh in 2004. The Dutch government placed both Hirsi Ali and Wilders under protection.
(Editing by Paul Casciato)
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