UN Chief condemns Dutch anti-Islam film

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon led a condemnation of the Internet broadcast of a video made by a Dutch parliament member, describing the film as offensively anti-Islamic and called on those upset by the film to remain calm. In a statement issued after the film’s airing, Mr. Ban said there is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence. The right of free expression is not at stake here. The Secretary General stressed that the UN stands to advance mutual respect and understanding, and to foster dialogue between different religions and cultures.