Dutch imams support Nekschot

Controversial cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot has received support from an unlikely source – The Union of Moroccan Imams in the Netherlands.

Their chairman, Yassin Elforkan, told De Pers newspaper yesterday,

Debate is healthy; you are allowed to say anything. […] You live in a certain environment where agreements have been made. […] For example, that freedom of expression is a core value of Dutch society. Earlier generations have fought for this.

Some MPs in the Lower House have suggested that Nekschot’s arrest was an appeasement gesture by the government in penance for allowing Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration movie Fitna to be shown.

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