Unheard of Netherlands has to be removed from TV

Unheard of Netherlands has to be removed from TV
Unheard of Netherlands has to be removed from TV

Nobody in Hilversum had been so outspoken before, but director Peter Kuipers of KRO-NCRV was. He wants Ongehoord Nederland to be immediately removed from the broadcasting system.

The Dutch Public Broadcasting did report last week, when a racism item was broadcast, that ‘Unheard Netherlands had reached the border’. NPO received many complaints, but did not talk about removing the broadcaster from television.

‘Unheard of Netherlands’ makes journalistic dredge’

Kuipers says in an interview published today in NRC among other things that Ongehoord Nederland produces ‘journalistic dredge’. The broadcaster makes the statement in response to the aforementioned racism item from the news broadcast of the still young broadcaster of foreman Arnold Karskens. The item in question showed videos of black people attacking white people, without context or explanation. A spokesperson for KRO-NCRV also has the opinion of Peter Kuipers outside this afternoon NRC to confirmed.

Today a new column by Karskens appeared online. This also has to do with the fuss about last week’s item. “Against the sore leg of the left-wing rascals,” says the Ongehoord Nederland face. “Let’s shut up?” is followed by a head shake.

“What is now needed is what was lacking at the entrance of Ongehoord Nederland: administrative courage, at the ministry and the management of the public broadcaster,” says Kuipers of KRO-NCRV. “We can wait for another report, demand apologies and rectifications or come up with another sanction. But if we are honest, then we know enough.”

First call of such format

KRO-NCRV is the first broadcaster to make such a call. Together with other calls from the NPO, such as BNNVARA and AVROTROS, the KRO-NCRV previously expressed its disapproval of the item from Ongehoord Nederland. In a joint statement, they stated, among other things, that in the video at ON “a false, racist message is proclaimed through language and images that we collectively qualify as unjournalistic, unethical and contrary to the core values ​​of the NPO”.

The images were shown to show a “less exposed aspect of racism on social media”, Ongehoord Nieuws presenter Raisa Blommestijn explained. As reported, the broadcast was widely criticized. The Ombudsman of the NPO said that a record number of almost 1700 complaints had been received. Complainants find the item, among other things, racist and discriminatory.

The board of Ongehoord Nederland said it did not want to offend anyone with the item. “We have nothing to do with racism, discrimination or incitement to violence and as a broadcaster we distance ourselves from this.”

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