AMSTERDAM — A Dutch talkshow in which viewers see a presenter experiment with drugs and a volunteer experiment with sex is not illegal and cannot be banned from TV, according to the Dutch minister of justice.
“Inject and Swallow” on Dutch Channel 2 had drawn a complaint from a member of Parliament. However, Dutch Minister of Justice Piet Hein Donner said he finds the program’s segments on drugs “undesirable” but not illegal.
Notwithstanding this show of support, Laurens Drillich, chief exec and prexy of youth broadcaster BNN, said, “It is not Donner’s job to decide whether a show is ‘undesirable.’ He is entitled to his opinion, along with the more than 16 million others in Holland, but not to use his office to voice it.”
BNN’s program targets adults 20-30 and is known for its frank coverage of subjects involving sex and drugs.
“Our target audience includes people who are curious about or are experimenting with drugs. This program gives them information they might not get elsewhere,” Drillich said.
Since it launched three weeks ago, talkshow has been drawing an average rating of 14% at 11 p.m., considered good for that timeslot.