Mon 30 Jul 2007
Dutch broadcaster censors David Attenborough on evolution
The Dutch public broadcaster EO (Evangelische Omroep/Evangelical Broadcaster) has a reputation to uphold when it comes
to broadcasting quality wildlife documentaries, both their own as well as series they've bought from other broadcasters
like the BBC. One series they recently broadcasted was David Attenborough's excellent (as per usual)
Mammals. However, something strange has happened with that series when it crossed the Channel: for some reason
the Dutch version only has nine episodes, while the original has ten --and that's not the only difference.
It turns out that the EO has deliberately removed all references to evolution from the series, as demonstrated by the
three videos below. Which is not too surprising, considering the EO is after all a fundamentalist Christian broadcaster
and adhers to the doctrine of the literal truth of the bible. What exactly the EO has censored in Attenborough's series
is now documented in several youtube movies, uploaded by somebody called
The first video compares and contrasts the BBC version with the EO version and shows which episode is missing from the latter.
This shows two scences cut from the EO's version of the first episode.
More cut scenes, this time from episode two.
If the EO had problems with the views expressed in
Life of Mammals, they should either have declined to broadcast it
or put in disclaimers at the start of the programme, not censor it. That they have done so shows a lack of intellectual integrity
worrisome in a public broadcaster. Especially since they are using public funds to do this.
UPDATE: confused Richard for David Attenborough; now fixed.
was good enough to link to this post and he has more information about this scandal; go read... Also, forgot to mention I
first saw this story at Michiel.
UPDATE 2: English versions of the videos
Read more about:
Life of Mammals,
This is not a weblog. Nu-uh.
This is just a place for me to jot down some random thoughts and reactions to the news so I don't have to yell at the television or radio, or mutter to myself whilst reading the news.
Linkse Gedachten (In Dutch)
Ping The blogging vanguard
Adventures in Historical Materialism
Snowball's blog looks at the history of Marxist struggle.
Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. -- Eugene V. Debs
A journal of assorted leftwingery with a decided preference for discussing how the late Christopher Hitchens is a twat
Dead Men Left
James is active in the RESPECT coalition, but don't hold it against him
The Early Days of a Better Nation
By Ken MacLeod, socialistic science fiction writer.
A few words before we go
By Justin Horton, surviving in a hostile world.
Ruthless criticism of all that exists, except for the good bits. By Phil Edwards.
If There Is Hope...
Doug is a Canadian socialist.
Not just another scummie student commie's blog. By Ed Rooksby.
Jews sans Frontieres
Mark Elf's anti-zionist blog.
Left I on the News
A leftwing view of the day's news and the way it's represented in the media. By Eli.
Erudite English SWP supporter.
by Alister Black, Scottish socialist. Writes mainly about local issues.
Reading the Maps
The Sharp Side Barbaric Document
Erudite, very readable blog by Ellis Sharp
Socialist Unity Blog
News, debate and analysis by and for socialists.
Irish socialist blog.
Take it as Red
Thoughts from an ex-pat SWPer.
Theft is Good
...but it depends who’s doing the stealing and who from
Through the Scary Door
Another socialist group blog.
By Louis Proyect, veteran Marxist
Blogging a noisy and socialistic view on politics, security, and whatever may take my fancy.
Leftist parties of the world
Marxist thought internet archive Comix blogs
A sufficiently sarcastic look at modern comics
Tom Spurgeon's Web site of comics news, reviews, interviews and commentary
Dave's Long Box Invincible Super-blog
I'm going to review my comic book collection and you're going to like it! History's Greatest Villain since 2005
One of the best cartoonists in the world
Two-fisted comics commentary and criticism!
Tim O'Neil's rather good comics weblog.
I'm Not the Beastmaster
Essays, analysis, and commentary from some other guy named Marc Singer.
The Comics Journal weblog.
Maaike Hartjes' comix and photo blog.
Mike Sterling's unabashed comics blog.
In which Reinder Dijkhuis, Adam Cuerden, Timm Brand, Geir Strøm and Jeroen Jager talk about comics, music, politics and the impending apocalypse.
I support the Pacific Northwest tree octopus! Science fiction and fandom
David Langford's near legendary fanzine and website.
By science fiction writer, technogeek and old style UK liberal Charlie Stross.
An editor of science fiction anthologies, Kathryn writes intelligently about sf and other stuff.
Teresa and Patrick Nielsen Hayden's blog embodies the best of fandom.
More Words, Deeper Hole
James Nicoll's livejournal
Excellent science/science fiction/fandom/tech orientated blog.
Cower before my obviously superior musical taste!
Science and technology
A science orientated weblog by Tim Lambert.
Incredibly cool site about the history of space travel, with lots of info about
the various space programs. Recommended for all spacenuts.
A blog of biology and bioscience, written by Carl Zimmer.
On evolutionary theory and the fight against the intelligent design loons
Science, politics and the intersection between them. By PZ Myers.
A commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists.
Feed ducks, not war All the rest
Dave Weeden's weblog
Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.
Blood and Treasure
a man of excellent naturall Parts; but very Sarcastick and the greatest Buffoon in the Nation
Technology, comics and other stuff by Branko.
Written by Dorothea, this is an exuberant mix of geekery, personal issues and sharp observations.
The liberal answer to Instapundit?
Frothing at the Mouth
Greg Morrow is a comics, RPG and science fiction fan as well as very smart.
Written by games designer/sf writer Greg Costikyan, focuses on what it says in the title.
A blog about globalisation. By General Glut.
a blog about the London Underground.
Google News NL
The latest news from the Netherlands.
Halfway Down the Danube
Our exciting life in the Balkans.
Hip Hop Music Dot Com
Where hip hop blogs. by Jay.
Raising money to shoot a documentary in Iraq
Joel on Software
As the title indicates Joel writes about good software producing practises.
Komma Punt Log
Briljant en bescheiden. In Dutch.
Long Story; Short Pier
Kip is back, erudite and wellspoken as ever.
Erudite, intelligent blogging. Michel Vuijlsteke
An excellent weblog about lots of things.
Monkeys in My Pants
By Mitch Wagner, computer journalist and sf fan. Good on tech news and internet issues.
Politics, peotry, geekery and criticism.
What is really happening in Iraq.
Shadow of the Hegemon
Written by returned from the death Greek demagogue Demosthenes so is very eloquent.
Avedon makes me think. Her weblog revolves around US politics.
An American blogger in Amsterdam.