THE HAGUE, 09/07/11 – The cabinet is rejecting calls by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to muzzle Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders.
‘The Dutch Government will continue to reject any call to gag a politician. The Netherlands enjoys freedom of expression and attaches great value to it,” accordign to Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. He was responding on the ministry’s website to a call from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to “contain the campaign of hatred and incitement” by Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders.
“To prevent any misunderstanding the Dutch government wants to make clear that Mr Wilders is not a part of the government,” stated Rosenthal. “It is well known that the government takes a different view of Islam from the PVV. The government considers Islam a religion and the Netherlands respects freedom of religion.”