The Dutch state television broadcaster has sabotaged today’s scheduled broadcast of the Mohammed Cartoons from last month’s event in Garland, Texas. NPO, the public TV service, apparently showed a different tape in the assigned time slot, and claims not to understand what happened.
Below is the recording that would have aired today. It features Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV):
The PVV just sent out this statement:
Dutch public television sabotaged broadcast of Muhammad cartoons
Today, it looks like the Dutch public television sabotaged the political broadcast by the Party for Freedom.
In this broadcast, PVV leader Geert Wilders wanted to show a selection of Muhammad cartoons from the Garland exhibition, which was attacked by terrorists last month.
Geert Wilders: “It is an absolute disgrace, if the public television censored a broadcast by a political party. Freedom of speech has been violated. This is scandalous in a democratic country!”
Now, we will show the cartoons on June 24 at 17.55 pm on NPO1.
The broadcast can be seen here: youtu.be/wck3hCNyuTM
Update: Another press release from the PVV:
Dutch public television did not broadcast Muhammad cartoons due to “misunderstanding”, now broadcast sheduled for Wednesday June 24, 5.55pm.
CARTOONS ONLINE NOW!
The Dutch public television (NPO) did not broadcast the Muhammad cartoons today. According to NPO director Hagoort there was a “misunderstanding”.
Geert Wilders: “This is truly unbelievable! We provided them with the tape and they confirmed receiving it. How is this possible? NPO director Hagoort has now assured me that our programm will be broadcasted, including the Muhammad cartoons, on 24th June at 5:55 pm on NPO1.”
Wilders blames sabotage for failure to broadcast Mohammed cartoons
The national public broadcasting company NPO is investigating why a party political broadcast by the PVV showing anti-Mohammed drawings was not transmitted as planned.
PVV leader Geert Wilders pledged to show the drawings during the broadcast but instead an old item was aired instead.
Wilders has accused the public broadcaster of sabotage and has now placed the item featuring the cartoons, which is 2.45 minutes long, on YouTube.
The video is due to be broadcast twice more later this month.