A Dutch court approved on Friday a request from anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders
to have new judges for his trial
on charges of inciting hatred against Muslims, forcing
the court to start the case over again.
It is alleged that one of the judges tried to influence one of Wilders’ witnesses. [Read more...]
Prosecutors in the hate speech case
against Dutch politician Geert Wilders
on Tuesday requested the court drop charges of insulting Muslims
from the list of crimes being considered.
Although prosecutors would continue pushing for a conviction on charges of discrimination and inciting hatred against Muslims
, they said incendiary statements Wilders had made about the Koran
could not be construed as a direct insult to people of the Muslim faith. [Read more...]
The hate speech trial
of Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders
, set to become a shadow partner of the next government, will go ahead as planned
after a court on Tuesday refused
to dismiss his judges for alleged bias.
Wilders is charged with five counts of giving religious offence
to Muslims and inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims
and people of non-Western immigrant origin, particularly Moroccans, in comments made between October 2006 and March 2008 in Dutch newspapers and on internet forums.
Seven days of hearings have been scheduled in the month of October, with judgment expected on November 4.
Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV)
came third in June 9 national elections, and is concluding a deal to support a new minority government of Christian Democrats and liberals in return for a voice in policy-making
. [Read more...]
Dutch anti-Islamist politician Geert Wilders
, who plays a controversial but pivotal role in the formation of a new Dutch government, went on trial on Monday for inciting hatred against Muslims.
Wilders is charged with inciting hate and discrimination against Muslims in comments he made in the media and for insulting Muslims by comparing the Islamic faith
to Nazism. [Read more...]
A book about the publication of cartoons in Denmark that angered Muslims
by showing images of the Prophet Muhammad will be released despite recent terror threats, the publisher said Wednesday.
“The book will come out as planned,” said
Karsten Blauert, of Jyllands-Posten Editions
The book, titled “The Tyranny of Silence
,” is due out Thursday, five years to the day after the cartoons first appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten
. Our take
: Good for them! People in the civilized world can not allow a bunch of barbarians
, who claims to act in the name of their religion, to violate their freedom
with threats of violence and other acts of terrorism. [Read more...]
A plan by Germany’s first high-level Muslim
official to teach manners to the media triggered
a storm of outrage Friday, with news editors accusing her of censorship.
Aygul Ozkan, minister of integration in Lower Saxony state, had asked media to sign a charter to abstain from racist reporting
The draft proposed that signatories ‘use culturally sensitive language
,’ educate readers to think ‘interculturally’ and devote news attention to ‘the challenges of integration.’ She suggested leading editors meet in August to publicly sign the charter.
Editors of Lower Saxony newspapers slammed the Ozkan plan.
‘It’s the crassest attempt by any politician for a long time
to guide newspapers and the electronic media,’ said Rolf Seelheim, editor of the Nordwest Zeitung in the city of Oldenburg. [Read more...]