Hosting service yanks Wilders' 'Fitna' site


AMSTERDAM -- U.S.-based Internet hosting service Network Solutions has taken Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders' Web site offline. Wilders was planning to use the site to premiere his anti-Muslim film "Fitna" on Friday.

But Network Solutions now says it is investigating complaints that it may have breached guidelines on hate language. The company said it is investigating whether Wilders' site is "in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy."

Until now, Wilders had used the site only to make an announcement of the premiere of his 15-minute film, with the message: "Geert Wilders presents Fitna -- Coming Soon." On the same page, a cover of the Koran was shown with the Arabic text "Allahu Akhbar" (God Is Great). Wilders plans to prove in his film that the Koran is a fascist book that provokes violence.

Meanwhile, it is getting more and more difficult for Wilders to show his film. A fortnight ago he canceled Friday's world premiere of his film in the Nieuwspoort center in the Hague. The politician would have had to pay about $400,000 for security measures.

This weekend, Wilders declined an offer from the Dutch Muslim broadcaster NMO (Nederlandse Moslim Omroep) to show the Fitna short during its airtime on national television. The politician did not accept the demand of NMO to judge his film before the broadcast.

Wilders said in a statement that he will continue his efforts to broadcast Fitna on the Internet and/or TV. On his latest problems with Network Solutions, Wilders said: "If this goes on I will personally hand out DVDs of the film in the center of Amsterdam."