Politicians slam organ donation show

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 May 2007, THE HAGUE – The government and Parliament have dubbed the "Big Donor Show" that BNN plans to broadcast on Friday inappropriate and unethical. Minister Ronald Plasterk (Media) and Ab Klink (Public Health) will not ban the programme however, the Volkskrant reports.

29 May 2007

THE HAGUE – The government and Parliament have dubbed the "Big Donor Show" that BNN plans to broadcast on Friday inappropriate and unethical. Minister Ronald Plasterk (Media) and Ab Klink (Public Health) will not ban the programme however, the Volkskrant reports.

The European Commission has now voiced harsh criticism of the programme as well. It questions the taste of making a reality show about such a serious topic.

BNN said this weekend that the Big Donor Show will be aired as planned. Terminally ill Lisa (37) will decide on the show which of the three selected kidney patients will receive her kidney. Viewers can vote by sms text message on who they think should get the organ. BNN hopes the show will raise awareness to the shortage of organ donors in the Netherlands.

Plasterk says the programme is "inappropriate." The Labour PvdA minister objects to the "contest element" of the donor show. He stressed that the Media Act does not allow the authorities to ban programmes in advance. Nor does the minister plan to make a moral appeal to BNN because he does not support pressuring media to self-censor.

Christian democrat CDA MP Joop Atsma thinks the programme should be banned. He has called Plasterk and Klink to Parliament today to insist that they take measures. CDA minister Klink has pointed out that the Law on Organ Donation provides no grounds for banning a programme like the one BNN plans to air.

Klink's spokesperson has said however that the star of the Donor Show is not free to decide who will receive her organ. Only donors who donate a kidney while living are allowed to designate the recipient. In the case of posthumous donation the kidney will go to whomever has been waiting the longest.

Labour PvdA MP Martijn van Dam thinks the programme is "unethical," but voices support for those responsible for the programme, saying that they have managed to make serious programmes about sensitive topics.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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