Anti-Koran Film Sparks Arab Call for New Laws

Associated Press
Sunday, March 30, 2008

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 29 -- Islamic and Arab leaders denounced a Dutch film Saturday that portrays Islam as a ticking time bomb aimed at the West, calling for international laws to prevent insults to religions.

The 15-minute film was posted Thursday on British-based, but the Web site took it down Friday evening after "serious" threats to its staff, it said.

The European Union's 27 foreign ministers objected to the film's depiction of Islam but defended the right to freedom of speech and asked Muslims to react peacefully.

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