Turkish Journalists Report on Netherlands

Policy makers in the Netherlands concerned with the effect of the country’s anti-Islam mood on relations with the Muslim world have organized a series of PR trips to the Netherlands for journalists from Muslim countries. In early December a group of Turkish journalists was brought to the Netherlands, whose reports are now appearing. A journalist for the paper Milliyet reports that “Nearly all the talks were about Dutch Turks, about the political developments and about Wilders… the Dutch wanted to show in particular how things were going well with the integration of the Turks”. While it is difficult to estimate the effect of the trip, Turkish television has broadcast a report about the growing Islamophobia in the Netherlands in its aftermath.