Denmark: DPP proposes to ban Arabic TV

Denmark: DPP proposes to ban Arabic TV


Pia Kjærsgaard, leader of the Danish People's Party, proposed Saturday to ban satellite antennas in the ghettos. Kjærsgaard said the Arab channels broadcast indoctrination from the Middle-Eastern world, and inoculate the viewers in Denmark to hate Denmark and the West.

The proposal was met with criticism from the coalition partners, the Liberal and Conservative Parties.

Henrik Dam Kristensen, of the Social Democrats, said this proposal showed how desperate Kjærsgaard was to stay in the debate. He added that it's un-Danish to forbid people from deciding which TV channels they'll get on their own TVs. "We live in Denmark, not in North Korea or China. Here we have freedom of expression, which Pia Kjærsgaard is always busy saying. But apparently she only wants freedom of speech to apply to those who share her opinion."

Kjærsgaard then proposed banning Arabic TV channels broadcast via satellite, such as al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya, all over Denmark. Kjærsgaard says that the Broadcasting Authority can act if there are channels, such as those Arabic channels, which promote hatred, and can ban them.

Source: Berlingske Tidende 1, 2 (Danish)