NRC refused Wilders' article on Koran

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13 August 2007, ROTTERDAM – The NRC Handelsblad refused to publish the article submitted by Geert Wilders calling for a ban on the Koran. The newspaper reported this on Saturday. The piece was later submitted to the Volkskrant, which did print it.

13 August 2007

ROTTERDAM – The NRC Handelsblad refused to publish the article submitted by Geert Wilders calling for a ban on the Koran. The newspaper reported this on Saturday. The piece was later submitted to the Volkskrant, which did print it.

Deputy editor-in-chief at the NRC Handelsblad Sjoerd de Jong wrote on Saturday that the editorial staff in charge of the opinion page had decided to reject Wilders' piece. "The reason for that was not his attitude toward Islam, but the boorish tone of the article and above all the weak (or rather: absent) support the MP provided for his arguments."

De Jong says that publication on the opinion page represents "at least a marginal stamp of quality, namely that the newspaper regards the piece in question as a reasoned and valuable contribution to the social discussion (though the editor may not of course share the author's views). This particular article did not stand up to that test."

That is not to say that the article was not news, the editor adds. "Wilders had not made quite so fierce an attack on the core of the religion of a million Dutch people in the past."

The decision not to publish did lead to discussion among the editorial staff, De Jong said, but: "We do not regret that Wilders' urging has not been preserved for posterity on our opinion pages."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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