Dutch PM in legal action against magazine
Balkenende is beginning legal proceedings against the weekly magazine Opinio for quoting him as calling Islam ‘a problem’.4 April 2008
THE NETHERLAND - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is beginning legal proceedings against the weekly magazine Opinio.
He is demanding that the magazine rectify an article about a speech in which he supposedly called Islam "a problem". Balkenende denies that such a speech was ever made.
Opinio reports that Balkenende met prominent members of the Christian Democrat party on Sunday and told them: "It is not radical Islam or Islamist terrorism or fundamentalism in general - no, I say that that big problem is Islam itself."
Christian Democrat sources deny that any such meeting took place.
Balkenende himself says that he was with his family on that day. He has accused Opinio of irresponsibility, particularly with regard to a subject such as this.
Opinio, which calls itself a left wing-conservative magazine, thinks that the prime minister has over-reacted and says that it is highly likely that these are his real opinions.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]