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Dutch television stations refuse anti-Qur'an film

Published: Thursday 06 March 2008 08:30 UTC
Last updated: Thursday 06 March 2008 11:50 UTC
Hilversum - Today's De Volkskrant newspaper says no Dutch broadcaster is willing to air right-wing MP Geert Wilders' anti-Qur'an film, Fitna. The paper has carried out a survey of public service and commercial companies in the Netherlands.

It reports that the stations view Mr Wilders' demand that the film must be shown in its entirety as the biggest problem to its broadcast. It now appears that the whole film, which lasts about 15 minutes, will not be seen on Dutch television.

Mr Wilders has already said that if this were to be the case, his film would be premiered on the Internet. The website which will show the piece has been online since Wednesday.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy has said he will support the Netherlands if there are problems around the broadcast of the film. The undertaking followed talks between Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and Mr Sarkozy in Paris.