Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders is working on a provocative tv movie on the Koran. It is Mr Wilders' next step in his fight in what he sees as deadly islam. He recently pleaded for a ban on the Koran, which he calls fascist. Wilders compared the book to Hitler's Mein Kampf. The politician says his film shows similarities with Submission, a film made in 2004 by Theo van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Mr Wilders does not want to reveal what the film will be like. "Let people go and see the movie," he told the Telegraaf morning daily. As yet it is unclear who will be screening the movie. Mr Wilders says he is negotiating with a television station, but if necessary he will air the film in the programme slot he has been allotted for his party political broadcasts. Or he could make it available via the internet. Dutch public broadcasters say they are unaware of the film, which is to appear in January. The Column production company that made Submission is not involved in the plan.
The Dutch cabinet is worried about Mr Wilders' plans. Both the Interior and the Justice Ministries have alerted Wilders to the risks he is taking with his film project. The Justice Ministry says it has taken measures in case there should be international uproar after the movie appears. The ministry emphasizes that Mr Wilders is free to express his opinion.