The cartoons were made for an exhibition of Muhammad cartoons in Garland, Texas, which, last May, was attacked by two Muslim terrorists who planned to kill exhibition attendees and organizers but were shot dead before they could. After the attack, PVV leader Geert Wilders, who gave the keynote speech at the Garland exhibition, proposed to exhibit the cartoons all over the free world.
The cartoons were shown during the broadcasting time allotted to the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV). The program will be repeated on June 24th and July 3rd.
Geert Wilders: “The only way to show terrorists that they are not going to win is to do exactly what they do not want us to do. I do not broadcast the cartoons to provoke; I do it because we have to show that we stand for freedom of speech and that we will never surrender to violence. Freedom is our birthright. Freedom of speech must always prevail over violence and terror.”
UPDATE: Geert Wilders: Broadcast of Mohammed Cartoons Sabotaged
GOV (h/t jm) The Dutch state television broadcaster has sabotaged today’s scheduled broadcast of the Mohammed Cartoons from last month’s event in Garland, Texas. NPO, the public TV service, apparently showed a different tape in the assigned time slot, and claims not to understand what happened.
Today, it looks like the Dutch public television sabotaged the political broadcast by the Party for Freedom. In this broadcast, PVV leader Geert Wilders wanted to show a selection of Muhammad cartoons from the Garland exhibition, which was attacked by terrorists last month.
Geert Wilders: “It is an absolute disgrace, if the public television censored a broadcast by a political party. Freedom of speech has been violated. This is scandalous in a democratic country!”
Now, we will show the cartoons on June 24 at 17.55 pm on NPO1.
UPDATE 2: Another press release from the PVV:
Dutch public television did not broadcast Muhammad cartoons due to “misunderstanding”, now broadcast sheduled for Wednesday June 24, 5.55pm.
The Dutch public television (NPO) did not broadcast the Muhammad cartoons today. According to NPO director Hagoort there was a “misunderstanding”.
Geert Wilders: “This is truly unbelievable! We provided them with the tape and they confirmed receiving it. How is this possible? NPO director Hagoort has now assured me that our programm will be broadcasted, including the Muhammad cartoons, on 24th June at 5:55 pm on NPO1.”
Machine translations of articles from NRC and NU.nl may shed further light on today’s events. And here’s a brief English-language report from Dutch News:
The national public broadcasting company NPO is investigating why a party political broadcast by the PVV showing anti-Mohammed drawings was not transmitted as planned.