Quickly growing Islamic party wants more media control in the Netherlands

The predominantly Islamic Denk party announced that it would like to see more control of the media in the Netherlands, newspaper De Telegraaf reports.

According to Selcuk Öztürk, a Dutch-Turksih MP of the Denk party, journalists are like “a fourth power, that can do what they want”. He vows for “more countervailing power against the media”.

One politician from the centre right VVD party countered Öztürk’s remarks. “Who controls the media? Nobody, because that is the point of free media”, Dilan Yesilgöz says.

Another politician mentions that there are enough ways to correct wrongly made statements by journalists. As an example he cited how the Denk party itself filed a lawsuit against Dutch broadcaster BNNVARA.

But Selcuk Öztürk didn’t change his stance. He wants an oath for journalists and a special ombudsman for media.

The Denk party was founded by Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk, two Dutch-Turkish MP’s who left the labour party.

The party with a large Muslim voter base surprisingly won three seats in their first national election in March 2017.

They continued their rapid growth in the local elections in March this year in which they won seats in several large cities. Denk was especially successful in Muslim suburbs like Amsterdam ‘Nieuw West’.

While the party communicates to support inclusivity it’s agenda is mostly focused on supporting migrants and criticising Dutch people.

Tunahan Kuzu, the political leader of the party said for example about the Dutch in an interview:

“If they don’t like a changing Netherlands in which people with different cultures live… like in the city of Zaandam or the neighbourhood of Poelenburg, they should get lost.”

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