Dutch court refuses to ban ‘Fitna’

The Hague District Court ruled that the views expressed by right-wing legislator Geert Wilders in his _Fitna’ film do not exceed the legal boundaries against inciting hatred or violence and as a politician, he is not barred from voicing his criticism against radical Islam or the Quran. The ruling said Wilders “must be able to – sometimes in sharp terms – express his opinions. In this context, it cannot be said that (Wilders’) statements – even though provocative – are an incitement to hate or violence against Muslims.” Wilders responded by welcoming the ruling, emphasizing the importance of political debate and the freedom to be able to say what you think.