DUTCH government threatens popular anti-Islam Dutch leader, Geert Wilders, who plans to televise cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on Sat., June 20th

dutch-firebrand-stamped1Dutch MP Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party will use a political party TV broadcast to air the controversial cartoons in his slot on Saturday in order, he said, to “support the right of free speech.” Dutch authorities said Wilders’ right to airtime could be suspended for up to four years if he decides to show the cartoons.

SKY News  Under the Dutch constitution, no prior supervision is allowed of any content of a radio or television broadcast. The cartoons were entered into an anti-Islamic competition in Texas that was attacked last month. Two Muslim terrorists were shot dead during the attack on the event, at which Mr Wilders gave a speech.

Garland, Texas: Draw the prophet Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Garland, Texas Security at Draw Muhammad Cartoon Contest

There are fears over the inflammatory nature of the stunt, as many Muslims find drawings of the prophet to be disrespectful or outright blasphemous. Dutch embassies are understood to have been told what measures to take if the broadcast goes ahead, as it could spark violent MUSLIM protests around the world. 

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The Dutch Media Authority provides airtime to parties to make political statements, but says it only looks at what is broadcast after they are shown. Mr Wilders tried to put on an exhibition of the Mohammed caricatures at the Netherlands parliament but was turned down.

He said previously: “If we say, ‘it might be offensive, so let’s not do it,’ then we send a signal to the people who wanted to get into the event in Texas … and all their followers that it works … that we can be intimidated, that we get frightened.”

BOSH FAWSTIN (left) winner of Muhammad cartoon contest with Geert Wilders and Pamela Geller

BOSCH FAWSTIN (left) winner of Garland, Texas ‘Draw the prophet Muhammad’ cartoon contest with Geert Wilders and Pamela Geller

The winning Bosch Fawstin cartoon

The winning Bosch Fawstin cartoon

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