EP bans screening of 'Submission'

20th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — The European Parliament (EP) has banned the showing of Theo van Gogh's film 'Submission' following a refusal by the murdered filmmaker's production company to allow its screening. Legal concerns persuaded the EP on Wednesday to ban the screening after Column Produkties told the parliament on Tuesday that because of security concerns, it would not allow the film to be shown.

20 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — The European Parliament (EP) has banned the showing of Theo van Gogh's film 'Submission' following a refusal by the murdered filmmaker's production company to allow its screening.
 
Legal concerns persuaded the EP on Wednesday to ban the screening after Column Produkties told the parliament on Tuesday that because of security concerns, it would not allow the film to be shown.

The producers want to avoid any risk to the people involved in the film and Gijs van de Westelaken of Column Produkties has also said no official request has been made to allow the screening.

The film, made with Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, criticises Islam and the Koran for allegedly sanctioning domestic violence against Muslim women.

Mario Borghezio, an MEP for the Italian right-wing Lega Nord party, planned to show the 10-minute film at the EP as a tribute to Van Gogh.

Borghezio has an unauthorised copy of the film and said the EP will be a "fitting response to the silence surrounding 'Submission' and Theo van Gogh's sacrifice".

Van Gogh was assassinated in Amsterdam last November and a Dutch-Moroccan man, Mohammed B., 27, has been arrested for the murder.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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