Election: small parties angered by television debate policy
Friday 17 August 2012
Small parties contesting the September general election are angry that only large, established parties are being invited to take part in television debates, the Volkskrant reports.
New groups such as 50Plus, the Pirate Party and Nederland Local say it is unfair they are being denied equal airtime.
'It is disturbing that Nos does not give new parties a chance to campaign,' said Pirate Party leader Dirk Poot in the Volkskrant. Although Nos has a public mandate to give airtime to all the parties, it acts as if only six parties exist, Poot said.
A spokesman for the Nos said parties are given air time if there is a journalistic reason to do so. Only established parties with a presence in the lower house of parliament are invited for debates because otherwise the group would be too unwieldy, Nos editor Peter Kloosterhuis told the Volkskrant.
Twenty-one parties are contesting the September 12 general election, 10 of which are currently represented in parliament.
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