Debate on broadcasting and integration

14th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — The English-language section of Radio Netherlands is hosting a live debate in Amsterdam on Sunday to explore whether minority language broadcasting obstructs or benefits integration.

14 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — The English-language section of Radio Netherlands is hosting a live debate in Amsterdam on Sunday to explore whether minority language broadcasting obstructs or benefits integration.

The 60-minute discussion is part of 'Radio Day of European Cultures', held throughout the continent on 16 October, with numerous international and national broadcasters taking part.

The debate, open to the public, is a special edition of the station's European affairs magazine EuroQuest. The programme will be co-hosted by Radio Sweden, with Radio Prague contributing.

Members of the public can take part in the EuroQuest debate though a live stream or by clicking here.

The debate begins in De Balie at Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam (near Leidseplein) at 3pm. There will also be live debates in Dutch and Spanish during the day.

The English-language discussion will be looking at how various countries deal with minorities and whether minority language broadcasts obstruct or benefit integration. A panel of 3 Dutch speakers, and 3 Swedish speakers will be taking part.

The Dutch participants are Professor Hans Jansen, Islamicist and outspoken opponent of multilingualism in broadcasting and education; Ermine Bozkurt, an MEP for the Dutch Labour Party from a Turkish background and a proponent of multiculturalism; and Jorge Cuartas, Managing Director of Foquz Ethnomarketing.

There will be a live Jazz band and 'hapjes' (snacks) beforehand.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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