Mosques want populist politician Wilders banned from Twitter
The TICF also plans to file charges against Twitter in four Islamic countries - Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia. In those countries, many of Wilders' statements are punishable, Kose said. "Twitter offers Wilders a platform to spread his hatred propaganda worldwide. This means that not only Wilders, but also Twitter, is punishable in those countries. The world is bigger than the Netherlands", the lawyer said to the newspaper.
Kose referred to a tweet posted by Wilders in September last year. In that tweet Wilders said: "The truth: Mohammed is the example for more than 1 billion Muslims. Mohammed was a pedophile, mass murderer, terrorist and madman."
De waarheid— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) September 30, 2017
Mohammed is het voorbeeld voor meer dan 1 miljard moslims
Mohammed was een pedofiel, massamoordenaar, terrorist en waanzinnige pic.twitter.com/sgboTHFAnI
In March Diyanet, the Turkish directorate for religious affairs that TICF is affiliated with, filed charges against Wilders for a video he posted online, also on Twitter. The video states that Islam equals discrimination, violence and terror, among other things. It finishes with the text 'Islam is death', with blood dripping from the letters. The Public Prosecutor eventually decided not to prosecute Wilders for the video.
"My client, the TICF, found that incomprehensible. We therefore started looking for other ways to stop Wilders. If it does not work through criminal law, we'll try civil law", Kose said to AD. "Wilders has lost it, hurts Muslims structurally and legitimizes violence. He regularly crosses the line of what should be allowed."
The PVV leader responded to the TICF's intentions on Twitter. "Madness", he wrote.
Waanzin. pic.twitter.com/xKyA6N2Jj1— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) November 5, 2018