24 March 2008
Fitna the movie: yet another example of internet censorship
Geert Wilders is a Dutch parliamentarian who has made a 15 minute short film attacking Islam. The film is called Fitna, an Arabic word which this site translates as the Islamic call for civil war. Since just about every western TV station has refused to broadcast the film, Geert Wilders decided to register fitnathemovie.com as his domain, and then, foolishly, rented space with the same American internet hosting outfit called Internet Solutions, that held the registration. The idea was the people could download the short from the site and Geert Wilders would get round the television ban that way.
So far so boring, but now the shit has hit the fan as Internet Solutions have decided to suspend the account as you will see if you try to access fitnathemovie.com. (The Daily Telegraph, from whom the original report comes, got the URL wrong, giving it as fitna.com, but that is not Wilders' domain.)
This is not the first time that an internet service provider has pulled the plug for political reasons. It happened to the British political activist Craig Murray last year, but at least that was a British hosting company, so we expect them to be gutless. Internet Solutions are American, so what happened to the freedom of speech malarkey that they enjoy spouting so much?
I hope that Geert Wilders does get a new host very quickly. In the meantime I think it might be a good idea if people read this posting which gives some common sense advice on how to keep a site alive come what may. The short version is that anything controversial should not be hosted by the same company that holds the domain registration.
Had Geert Wilders followed that simple rule, then his site would be up and running right now.