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British Parliament calls off screening of controversial film
LONDON, Jan 23 (APP)
The British Parliament has cancelled the showing of a controversial film
win Dutch MP Geert Wilders following vociferous protest by the Muslim community.
screening was to take place on January 29 at the House of Lords.
The decision to cancel the showing was taken on Friday when Lord Nazir Ahmed had a meeting with theGovernment Chief Whip of the House of Lords and Leader of the House of Lords, together withrepresentatives from the Muslim Council of Britain, British Muslim Forum and other representatives from the
British Muslim community.
film has created huge controversy around the world, especially in
Europe. The decision by theAmsterdam Appeals Court, the second
highest legal authority in the country, overturns an earlier ruling bythe Dutch Prosecution
Service, which last June dismissed hundreds of complaints against Wilders on
thegrounds that his utterances had been made
in the context of public debate
, a position that wasendorsed by the Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, a Christian Democrat.But
on Thursday, the appeals court argued that the criminal prosecution did not conflict with Wilders’
right to freedom of expression and said it based its decision on the standards set by the European Courtof Human
right Dutch politician will now be put on trial for his public statements against Islam. As a result of the meeting at the House of Lords not going ahead, all protests and demonstrations have now beencancelled Lord Ahmed termed the decision as
a victory for the Muslim community.
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