MORE CENSORSHIP: Iran urges Dutch to ban film


Darius Kadivar
by Darius Kadivar


As Persepolis gets a private screening in Tehran after being cut by the Islamic Republic censorship bureau the Iranian government is now trying to compensate for its "openness" by trying to stop the screening of another film at the Netherlands film festival for reasons of being deemed as Islamophobic. Iran's government interention may well be seen as unwelcome given the assassination of a dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh in 2004.

Judge for yourselves from the report by the BBC below:

Iranians urge Dutch to ban film
By Elettra Neysmith
BBC News

The Iranians want Geert Wilders' film banned
The Iranian government has intervened to try to stop the screening of a film in the Netherlands about the Koran.

The Iranians say that the film, by the Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders, is offensive.

The Iranian justice minister, Gholam Hussein Elham, wrote to his Dutch counterpart, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, calling for a ban.

Mr Hussein Elham said freedom of speech should not be used as a cover for attacking moral and religious values.

'Freedom of expression'

Mr Wilders says his film will show the Muslim holy book is an inspiration for murder.

But the Iranian justice minister says it is an unnecessary attack on what Muslims regard as the holiest of things.

He said the motivation behind the film was satanic and urged the Dutch government to stop its screening.

Mr Wilders has already been advised that he may have to leave the country for his own safety.

But the government has so far refused to intervene, saying the issue is one of freedom of expression.

In 2004, the Dutch film director, Theo van Gogh, was killed by a Muslim extremist in an Amsterdam street after bringing out the film Submission.

It dealt with the issue of abused Muslim women and included scenes of nearly naked women with Koranic texts engraved on their bodies.


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Censoring the offenders, sanktioning the lawbreakers........

by Faribors Maleknasri M.D. (not verified) on

in a previous comment I wrote resisting the moral offenders is for me no Censorship. On the other day i read some news which are worthwile to be read:
Hier Danish youths riot for sixth night
16 Feb 2008
Danish imams urge calm as cartoon protests mount
15 Feb 2008
Danish newspapers republish Prophet cartoon
13 Feb 2008

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian lawmakers have urged the president to review ties with Denmark and the Netherlands over the reprinting of a satirical cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in Danish and Dutch newspapers, Iranian media said on Monday.

Protests and rioting erupted in 2006 in Muslim countries around the world when the cartoons, one showing the Prophet with a turban resembling a bomb, first appeared in a Danish daily. At least 50 people were killed and three Danish embassies attacked.

Most Muslims consider depictions of the Prophet Mohammad offensive.

Danish newspapers reprinted one of the drawings last week in protest against what they said was a plot to murder the cartoonist who drew it. At least two Dutch newspapers published pictures of the Danish newspapers, with the cartoon visible.

In a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, some 215 MPs in Iran's 290-seat assembly said Iran should review trade and political links with Denmark and the Netherlands to respond to "an anti-Islamic and Islamophobic current" in the two countries.

"We, representatives of the honorable Iranian nation, condemn this devil measure. We ask the president ... to seriously review Iran's political and trade ties with these countries," the lawmakers wrote in the letter, state radio said.

this hier is no remedy, no cure, no suggestion how to take care of something. I only explain the way I see the World-Happenings.I read the other day the following news and i think this is the right way for Iranians - to that honourable Nation count up to my opinion only the ones who have founded thier ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of IRAN allreadey 1978/79, are living there and are willing to protect not only thier Wealch but they also will to have relations, political relations, only with those who handle them respectfully - to pay back the offenders and the sanktionists. Hier is the message:
Iran has also urged the Netherlands to prevent the screening of a film in which a right-wing populist lawmaker plans to lay out his view of Islam's holy book, the Koran. Comments by the Dutch MP about the Koran were condemned by Iran last year.
I do not agree with what is happend in GAZA in relation to "cartoons":
In the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, a leader of a militants' umbrella group called on Muslim faithful to attack Danish embassies and diplomats.
I mean: better send them home and interrupt the political relation. the Following does not solve any problem:
"Blow up the Danish embassies and kill the ambassadors," Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), said at a news conference in a Gaza square, where PRC members burnt a Danish flag. I find the latter action O.K. Greeting.



by Nassery (not verified) on

So much anger....

I believe that the Iranian government had the right to question the Holocaust and invite Americans the likes of David Dukes to tell them that Jews were not killed in gas chambers. I believe that the Dutch have the right to look at the Koran and it's influence over the people of the Middle East. We should consider and make judgements based on facts in out search for truth.

We can't judge the behavior of Mohammed based on our 21st Century Western values. Here in America...marrying first cousins is not only looked down upon, but it is illegal. My inlaws are all cousins married to each other and they are good people. I would never consider a cousin in that way because of our social taboos that have been ingrained since childhood.

The Jewish Book and the New Testament have issues that don't seem revelevant to today's world. The Koran does too. Right now, there is a movie in Iran called, "Messiah." The movie explains the life of Jesus from the perspective of the Koran rather than the New Testament. Knowlege is good, but I think this is as insulting to the faithful of Christianity as a look at the Koran is in the Netherlands. In my opinion, both discussions should be encouraged.

I would like to go to Iran to see family members, but I cannot change my name and my religion as is demanded by the Iranian government. My nation does not demand this of Muslims who come here to live out their lives. I would not be able to visit Mecca, but I know of many Muslims who have visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. There is a lot of unfairness on this planet.

Freedom has to be earned. It's painful to let the other guy have his say sometimes, but if I want to speak, I have to listen to him and he has to listen to me.

JJ... thanks for this discussion forum. It's an important opportunity for people to learn and to find concensus in a peaceful way.



Iran and free speech

by jane doe (not verified) on

So the Iranian government sponsored a Holocaust Cartoon Festival (although cartoons questioning the Bosnian 'holocaust were prohibited) last year and now they are trying to tell other countries to to curtail the freedom of speech of their citizens?


Iran and free speech

by jane doe (not verified) on

So the Iranian government sponsored a Holocaust Cartoon Festival (although cartoons questioning the Bosnian 'holocaust were prohibited) last year and now they are trying to tell other countries to to curtail the freedom of speech of their citizens?


These European garbage nations gave Saddam his chemical weapons

by Iranian nationalist (not verified) on

Where the the Shahollahi animals and the Mojehdin scum when Iran's cities were being bombed and its people killed and raped by Iraq's military? The same animals who fought with Saddam's soldiers and who put out propaganda against Iran and Islam, i.e. the Pahalvists and Rajavists, are now supporting Iran's enemies among the European and American governments.


Faribors Maleknaser's medication is wearing off!!!!

by Kazem (not verified) on

You are such a loser,every once in a while your medication wears off and you write some garbage then you probably get committed to mental hospital,and no news of you.Please go away forever.
You are not a MD,or anything else,no MD has time to write so many pages of CHARANDIATE.


MORE CENSORSHIP:.............

by Faribors Maleknasri M.D. (not verified) on

...........even in the far Europe. That is the way those 7ty million fanatic mullahs - as the iranians are called by enemies and strangers - go. Not only netherland also Danmark must learn new lessons. Otherwise no oil, no Gas no nothing no. As a matter of evident Iranians have other imagination of the art of Film making. Just newly for example one can read in the media that an Iranian actor wins Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear Award. will those films which are debated here ever win something? hier is the full news, please acknowledge:
Berlin, Feb 16,

Iranian Actor-Berlin Film Fest
First leading role actor of Iranian full length feature movie 'Avaaz-e Gonjeshk Haa' (Song of the Sparrows), Reza Naji, won Silver Bear Award of 58th Berlin Film Festival Saturday evening.
Now? what would a reasonable and neutral thinking individual say? It goes on:
Naji in an interview on the sidelines of the festival's award giving ceremony while expressing delight over winning the prestigious prize, said, "I am glad to see that the 'Song of Sparrows' has attracted attention of the people, and I think this prize was my fair share."
Focusing on his role in the movie, the Iranian actor said, "I got along with my role in this movie pretty well, because I had thoroughly studies the filmscript in advance and I was very familiar with the geography and anthropology of Tehran, so I faced no problem while acting out my role."
Offering an abstract of the filmscript, Naji said, "The film is about the children, their happiness and their sadness. A group of children lose their gold fish, and then, in order to soothe them I sing a song for them on worthlessness of material belongings, which I think is the part that attracted the maximum attention of the audience."
The closing ceremony of the 58th Berlin Film Festival will be held on Sunday and Majid Majidi's Song of the Sparrows, and Manijeh Hekmat's 'Three Women' have been screened there, while the former movie is expected to win more prizes on final day.
my personal word on both messages: No comment. Greeting


If I could only

by Islam Lover (not verified) on

I wish someone would make a movie of the life of Mohammad and Ali; show the rest of us how a 40 year old had sex with a 9 year old (ooops, that movie would be about child sexual abuse). How about Ali's homosexual tendencies? Well, that movie would be a hit, specially in San Francisco.

I can imagine, Ali's role would be played by Ghooch-Ali sibiloo and his love slave would be Ahmadi-kootooleh-nejad. I'd pay to see someone ram Ahmadinejad in the butt.

The Dutch should tell the I.R.I. to go pound sand.

C'mon Goerge Bush.....Bomb these bastards to oblivion.


Yek bamo doo hava!!!!

by Tahirih (not verified) on

I have to say that I am not for the belitteling of Islam or Quran.Dutch should not blame Quran for the ignorance of fanatic muslims!!

BUT,it is intersting that IRI has destroyed most of our holly places(Bahai holly places) in Iran and they attack and spread vosious rumors about us,and then they have the nerve to talk about respecting other peoples religion!!!!!

The house of BAB,in Shiraz has been buldosed and a road is built on can they define one act as right and the Dutch act as unjust!!!

I like them to answer us,BUT I am sure there is no intelligent answer,for this question from them.



While the Islamic Republic

by Anonymousp (not verified) on

While the Islamic Republic tries to immerse IRan into swamp of Middle Ages, the Arab countries move forward and building The world's first carbon-neutral city will be built in Abu Dhabi, the largest of seven states comprising the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE). A car-free, zero-waste metropolis, Masdar--Arabic for source--will house up to 50,000 people. It will run entirely on renewable energy, especially solar power, and save the equivalent of $2 billion in oil over 25 years.


Long Live Dutch Government

by Mehran (not verified) on

Don't let the IRI criminals to export their medieval nonsense anywhere else. Don't end the freedom of expression in the world.

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Indeed David Jan ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on


Merci Dadash ;0)

David ET

Response to Iranian Government

by David ET on

Mr Hussein Elham said freedom of speech should not be used as a cover for attacking moral and religious values.


Freedom of Religions should not be used as a cover for attacking Freedom of expression.