(AFP) – Publicity-seeking Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders is to broadcast cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on television during time reserved for political parties on Saturday, his party said.
The cartoons will be shown on Dutch public television at 1049 GMT, Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) said in a statement on Friday, adding that they would be repeated on June 24 and July 3.
Wilders said he was making the broadcasts to defend freedom of speech after two militants were shot dead while attacking a Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas last month.
Many Muslims find drawings of the prophet to be disrespectful or outright blasphemous, and Dutch authorities have said such a move could see Wilders’ right to airtime suspended for up to four years.
Dutch embassies have reportedly been warned about what measures to take if the cartoons are broadcast, as they could spark violent protests.
Wilders’ announcement earlier this month that he wanted to show the cartoons on television prompted the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands to release its own cartoon mocking Wilders as a spoilt child with a big mouth.