PVV angry with Wereldomroep

18th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Freedom Party PVV thinks that political editors at the Wereldomroep (World broadcasting) are "prejudiced and possibly prepared to withhold facts if they do not fit in with a left-wing view."

18 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Freedom Party PVV thinks that political editors at the Wereldomroep (World broadcasting) are "prejudiced and possibly prepared to withhold facts if they do not fit in with a left-wing view."

Ronald Plasterk, the minister responsible for media policy, should remind the Wereldomroep that it is "financed with tax money from all the Dutch," PVV MP Martin Bosma said in written questions to the minister.

Bosma was responding to statements from Wereldomroep editor in chief Joop Daalmeijer. Daalmeijer had said in the Volkskrant that his political correspondents were irate at investigative reporting by staff covering Arab affairs, after the revelation that PvdA MP Khadija Arib participates on a working group that informs the Moroccan king.

Daalmeijer says that the political correspondents feel that the Wereldomroep did PVV leader Geert Wilders' dirty work for him.

Rutger van Santen, political editor and commentator at the Wereldomroep, says his staff is not in the least angry about investigative journalism by the correspondents for Arab affairs. They were annoyed however that mainly opponents to Arib's membership on the working group were given a chance to speak in the debate, which led to an imbalance in the reporting.

There was commotion about Arib's auxiliary work last month. Wilders demanded in an emergency debate that she either give up her "work for the foreign government" or resign from Parliament. He could not find any support for his motion however.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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