LONDON, Jan 23 (APP)‑The British Parliament has cancelled the showing of a controversial film “Fitna” by the right‑win Dutch MP Geert Wilders
following vociferous protest by the Muslim community.
screening was to take place on January 29 at the House of Lords.
decision to cancel the showing was taken on Friday when Lord Nazir
Ahmed had a meeting with the Government Chief Whip of the House of Lords and
Leader of the House of Lords, together with representatives from the Muslim
Council of Britain, British Muslim Forum and other representatives from the
British Muslim community.
film has created huge controversy around the world, especially in
Europe. The decision by the Amsterdam Appeals Court, the second‑highest legal
authority in the country, overturns an earlier ruling by the Dutch Prosecution
Service, which last June dismissed hundreds of complaints against Wilders on
the grounds that his utterances had been made “in the context of public debate”,
a position that was endorsed by the Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende,
a Christian Democrat.
on Thursday, the appeals court argued that the criminal prosecution did not conflict with Wilders’ right to freedom of expression and
said it based its decision on the standards set by the European Court of Human
Far‑right Dutch politician will now be put on trial for his public statements against Islam. As a result of the meeting at the House of
Lords not going ahead, all protests and demonstrations have now been cancelled Lord
Ahmed termed the decision as “a victory for the Muslim community.”