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Singapore joins Fitna condemnation

Published: Saturday 29 March 2008 13:04 UTC
Last updated: Saturday 29 March 2008 15:38 UTC
The Hague - Singapore has joined international condemnation of the anti-Qur'an film Fitna which was made by the Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders. A government spokesperson said freedom of expression gives no one the right to insult a religion or race. Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad has urged Muslims around the world to boycott Dutch products.

Earlier the film was denounced by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and countries such as Iran, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Jordan. Reactions in other Muslim countries were mild.

The Dutch government has distanced itself from a strong condemnation issued by EU chair Slovenia. According to Slovenia, the film incites hatred, which in the Netherlands is an offence punishable by law. The Dutch government claims the film only aims to hurt people´s feelings. The controversy surrounding the film will be discussed today during an EU meeting in Slovenia.