Translated by Thomas for 10News:
When three political youth organizations wanted to organize a public show of support for the murdered cartoonists of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, this was refused by the companies operating the advertising pillars on train and underground stations in the Netherlands.
The youth organizations of the Liberal, Labor and Green political parties wanted to put up posters on train and underground stations with the text “Freedom will always prevail,” and one of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammad. The two companies operating the advertising pillars (Ngage Media and CS Digital Media) refused to publish this campaign.
CS Digital Media acknowledges that this decision can be construed as giving in to intolerance: “We also have to think about security.” According to Ngage, security was not a consideration, rather the company always refuses “offensive” campaigns.
The political youth organizations are upset about the refusal of the two commercial operators: “We wanted to make a bold statement, but both companies were too scared to put up the posters with the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. This proves that the terrorists who plotted the attacks in Paris have reached their goal: to spread fear and self-censorship.”