ON: Other broadcasters exclude the voice of ‘millions of Dutch people’ | show

Ongehoord Nederland accuses fellow broadcasters that no longer want tocooperate at a journalistic level and that they talk to the aspiringbroadcaster for excluding ‘the sound of millions of Dutch people’. That’s whatpresenter Raisa Blommestijn stated today in the broadcast of Unheard ofNews. She calls the decision of broadcasters WNL, MAX and KRO-NCRV to breakthe collaboration of ‘very dubious level’.

It is the first time that Ongehoord Nederland has responded to the decision ofthe broadcasters. ON and chairman Arnold Karskens could not be reached forcomment today. Blommestijn accuses the NPO of ‘standing for connection andinclusion, but now doing nothing but excluding and throwing mud’.

The initiative of the broadcasters to no longer want to collaborate withOngehoord Nederland comes from editor-in-chief Bert Huisjes of WNL. Accordingto the broadcasters that have joined his initiative, Ongehoord Nederland doesnot conduct journalism. According to Huisjes, ON produces ‘a pamphlet-likeprogram in which structures are used that we recognize from journalism. Butthe interviewers are Twitter agitators like Raisa Blommestijn, without anyjournalistic experience or background.’

The broadcasters also disapprove of the Unheard of News seldom would bereciprocated. The WNL boss emphasizes that the journalistic consultation ofthe NPO is not about the question of whether the broadcasting license ofOngehoord Nederland is under discussion, but does believe that ON should beremoved from the system.


Ongehoord Nederland previously received a financial sanction from the NPOafter an investigation by the Ombudsman into complaints that the broadcasterwould spread incorrect and unreliable information, that the journalists wouldnot ask enough critical questions and that the guests would mainly come fromthe right. This would be in violation of the Journalistic Code of the NPO. TheOmbudsman considered these complaints to be largely well-founded.

The Ombudsman has launched a new investigation after a much-discussed itemthat showed videos of random black people beating up white people without anycontext. Presenter Blommestijn stated that the black perpetrators all had aracist motive. But Pointer’s research has shown that there is no evidence forthis at all. As a result of this item, the Ombudsman again received manyhundreds of complaints. The NPO has also asked the Media Authority to lookinto whether Ongehoord Nederland has violated the media law.

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