Network Solutions Shutters Controversial Film Site

    March 24, 2008
    WebProNews Staff

A film made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran had its website suspended over potential violations of Network Solutions policies.

Wilders made a name for himself with fierce anti-Islam rhetoric. His film, running 15 minutes and called “Fitna,” has spurred more criticism of the politician, who already lives under guard due to death threats made in response to his views.

More of those views and the controversy that follows them has Dutch broadcasters unwilling to broadcast Fitna. Wilders’ plan to distribute it online hit a snag when his hosting company, Network Solutions, pulled the domain offline.

A notice at says:

This site has been suspended while Network Solutions is investigating whether the site's content is in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy. Network Solutions has received a number of complaints regarding this site that are under investigation.

Given the film’s sensitive subject matter, European unrest over a growing Islamic population, and past violence that included the murder of another Dutch filmmaker for making a film about Islam’s treatment of women, Network Solutions may decide to give Wilders a refund and spare itself the potential pushback from hosting Fitna.

Though a Reuters report said Wilders plans to get the movie into people’s hands by pressing copies of a DVD into them if needed, the politician probably feels he is being censored for his views. If other hosting sites reject his video, Wilders may be right to believe this.