Netherlands cuts breasts scenes

The Netherlands will cut scenes of bare breasted women and gays kissing from an information video targeting would-be immigrants because some Muslim countries would find it unacceptable, the Dutch authorities said today.

The original video, shot to provide prospective immigrants with a picture of the Netherlands, included shots of topless women on the beach, a gay marriage ceremony in which the grooms kiss and historical footage from the 1960s hippie movement showing naked women dancing.

“The movie cannot get into a dozen countries or so generally Muslim countries,” Maud Bredero, spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, said.

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The uncut version of the film would still be available in Dutch embassies because they were technically on Dutch soil, but the spokeswoman conceded that “local authorities probably would not like it”.

The film would be edited to fit the sensibilities of some, mostly Muslim, countries, she said.

The Dutch parliament late yesterday debated Verdonk’s proposals for a new integration program for immigrants with a compulsory test of Dutch language and culture for immigrants wanting to enter the country.

A prospective immigrant would have to take the test in his home country before being allowed to enter the Netherlands.

A majority of Dutch parliament is in favour of the new, stricter plan, despite complaints from some experts that it is discriminatory.

If the bill is voted through, the only immigrants exempt from taking the test will be European Union citizens and nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States.

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AFP, via The Courier-Mail (Australia), France
Mar. 24, 2005

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