The Italian Almanac

Theo Van Gogh

Italian News - May 13

Italy's Rai state TV was the latest broadcaster to show excerpts from murdered director Theo van Gogh's controversial film Submission. The Raidue channel screened four to five minutes of the 11-minute film in its Thursday night news magazine.

The film is critical of the treatment of women under Islam. Its screening on Dutch TV last year is thought to have led to Van Gogh's murder in November. Clips have since been shown by two Danish stations, sparking Muslim anger.

Last week, politicians from all leading Italian parties signed a letter urging Rai to show the film in full, saying it would help to combat intolerance and support artistic freedom. However, Rai said it was unable to show the entire film because the rights were unavailable.