Dutch say 'sorry' for anti-Islam film

Everyone urged to upload 'Fitna' apology


A Dutch activist group has called for a mass online apology campaign to "smother out" the soon-to-be-released anti-Islamic movie by a right wing politician.

Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders says he plans to broadcast his film “Fitna” -- Challenge in Arabic – on the web sometime in the next two weeks. The 15-minute movie denounces the Quran as a “fascist” book.

On Monday, Amsterdam-based cultural organization Mediamatic called on Dutch citizens "to make their own version of Fitna in which they apologize for Wilders' embarrassing behavior".

"If everybody joins in it will be hard to find the video by Wilders without finding lots of movies apologizing for it," said a statement released by the organization.

"Just to let the world (and ourselves) know that allowing opportunists to speak does not mean that we agree with what they say," the statement added.

Willem Velthoven of Mediamatic urges people to "act as a look-a-like of the politician" by putting on a blonde wig, and then film themselves apologizing using a mobile phone or video camera.

He urged people to publish their apologies as many times as possible on sites such as Youtube, Hyves, Facebook and Myspace, calling it "Fitna by Geert Wilders".

"Because of the freedom of speech, Mediamatic doesn't want to stop the Fitna video," the statement said. "What Mediamatic can do is to stimulate disinformation…[in] hopes that Wilders will be smothered in apologies".