'Fitna' pulled from Web

Staff at U.K. site receive threats

An anti-Muslim film by Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders has been removed from the Web by its British Internet provider, which said its employees had been threatened.

"Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature and some ill-informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, LiveLeak.com has been left with no other choice but to remove 'Fitna' from our servers," the company said.

The 15-minute short film was posted Thursday and taken down Friday after having been seen by about 3 million people. In the film, presented in Dutch- and English-language versions, Wilders claims that the Koran provokes violence, using Sept. 11, the attacks in Madrid and London and the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh as examples.

In the Netherlands, most local Muslim organizations appeared not to take the film seriously. There were no disturbances of the kind that occurred three years ago after the murder of van Gogh.

Meanwhile, Wilders could face copyright charges from Dutch media, whose material was used in "Fitna" without permission, according to local media reports. Also, the infamous Danish cartoon of Muhammed being hit by a bomb apparently was used without approval.

Wilders made another apparent mistake: When trying to show the murderer of van Gogh, he showed the face of local rap artist Salah Edin.