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.
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