MPs on Thursday rejected calls by right-wing populist party VNL to widen the laws on freedom of expression. The VNL wants to scrap two clauses from the current law, one on group insult and the other on inciting hatred and discrimination.
While the VVD accepts that the definition could be widened in principle, the CDA says any changes will make it easier to deny the Holocaust took place, news agency ANP said.
'[The concept of] group insult was included in the law in the 1930s to protect Jews,' CDA leader Sybrand Buma said. 'The law understood that insult was the first step towards generating unease and possible violence.'