A Dutch translation of the anti-LGBTQ Nashville declaration is not punishable, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Thursday. The Prosecutor said it does not deny that the statements made in the declaration hurt people, but in this case they are protected by both the freedom of religion and the freedom of expression.
The Rotterdam ban on sexual harassment on the street - sometimes also referred to as the cat-calling ban - is contrary to freedom of expression, the court in The Hague ruled on Thursday. It is not up to municipalities to restrict this freedom, only parliament and the Senate can decide to do so, the court ruled, NOS reports.
The court in Leeuwarden sentenced pro-Zwarte Piet activists to community service between 80 and 240 hours for preventing two buses of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum in November last year, NU.nl reports.
Freedom of speech means that everyone must be able to express their opinion, whatever it may be, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said at a neighborhood Iftar on Sunday. "No matter how poisonous the message may be, it must be able to be expressed", he said in reaction to him allowing a Pegida pork roasting demonstration at the Laleli mosque in Rotterdam-Zuid last week, ANP reports.
A Dutch-Turkish protest planned in Rotterdam on Friday afternoon is canceled, the organizers announced on Facebook. They can't guarantee the safety of the participants and therefore feel it's better not to go through with it, AD reports.
The protest, "Solidarity for Turks", was to advocate for freedom of expression for Dutch-Turks in the Netherlands and against police violence during previous protests at the Turkish consulate this past weekend. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb gave permission for the protesters to march from Central Station to Schouwburgplein between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein is in custody in Panama, Dutch journalists' association NVJ announced on Villamedia on Sunday. He was arrested on Tuesday last week when he entered Panama because of articles on his blog Bananama Republic in which he criticized Canadian businessman Monte Friesner, who lives in Panama.
The Public Prosecutor abused its power by charging Geert Wilders with hate speech, according to the PVV leader's lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops in court on Friday. According to the lawyer, the Prosecutor charged Wilders because he doesn't like Wilders' beliefs, not because theya re punishable, Telegraaf reporter Saskia Belleman tweets live from within the court room.
Both intelligence service AIVD and the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof contacted Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb prior to Sinterklaas' arrival in Maassluis on Saturday to warn him about possible clashes between anti-blackface Zwarte Piet activists, right-wing protesters and hooligans, the mayor said in a debate with his city council on Thursday, NOS reports.
Public Prosecutor Wouter Bos believes that the hate speech trial against Geert Wilders revolves around two fundemental values in Dutch society: freedom of expression and protection against discrimination, he said in court on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
With threats and intimidation motorcycle gang No Surrender forced weekly magazine Panorama to stop publishing stories about the motorcycle gang, NRC reports. In 2014 two No Surrender leaders forced chief editor Frans Lomans to sign a contract stating that journalist Mylene de la Haye is no longer to write and publish articles about the motorcycle gang, according to the newspaper.
A Dutch court ordered newspaper De Volkskrant to pay Mohammed Rashid 1,500 euros in compensation. Rashid filed a lawsuit against the Volkskrant after his photo appeared on the newspaper's front page without his permission. The Volkskrant is appealing against the ruling
Europe will not be "blackmailed" by Turkey's threat to terminate the asylum agreement with the EU if the visa requirement for Turks is not lifted quickly, European Commissioner Frans Timmermans said to German newspaper De Zeit.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is warning Dutch and Dutch-Turkish citizens against visiting Turkey for the time being. The Dutch government can not "guarantee" that they won't get in trouble in the country due to statements made on social media, he said in Parliament on Tuesday
Rotterdam lawyer Ejder Kose is helping Turkish-Dutch to press charges against comedian Hans Teeuwen for insults he made in an interview with RTL Nieuws.
The government must not interfere in the appearance of Sinterklaas' following, and hence not that of Zwarte Piet, the Council of State said on Tuesday. The Netherlands' main advisory body therefore advises the Dutch government to reject a PVV proposal to ban municipalities from cooperating with Sinterklaas events in which the Pieten are not black.
The Cabinet is setting one million euros aside for extra security at controversial events. The VVD and PvdA want to prevent cultural institutions cancelling events due to organizers being afraid of threats or high security costs.
"We need to have the courage to admit that freedom of expression no longer exists", according to comedian Hans Teeuwen.
The European Court of Human Rights rejected a complaint by pedophile advocacy association Martijn against the ban Dutch courts imposed on the group last year. The organization will remain prohibited, and the court will not hear the case, reported ANP.
According to PvdA Parliament Member Ahmed Marcouch, the integration course must pay more attention to the importance of freedom of expression. He said this to NU.nl following the recent attacks on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
PVV leader Geert Wilders finds it "incomprehensible" that the Public Prosecutor has decided to prosecute him, he said to ANP. The Public Prosecutor announced earlier today that Wilders will be prosecuted on the charges of insulting a group of people based on race and incitement to discrimination and hatred.
The Public Prosecutor in the Hague has decided to prosecute Geert Wilders (PVV) on the charges of insulting a group of people based on race and incitement to discrimination and hatred.
Today in the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) the Netherlands was elected in the Human Rights Council for the period 2015 to 2017.
A cartoon on Joop.nl, a VARA affiliate, has angered Geert Wilders. The cartoon shows the PVV-leader lying on the ground with scissors stuck in his chest, and Queen Beatrix walking away in the background holding a pair of scissors. VARA defends the cartoon, and cartoonist Adriaan Soeterbeek, Het Parool reports.
A project management official at the Dutch National Cyber Security Center has been suspended after tweeting that the terror group ISIS did not exist, and was instead a Zionist plot to stain the image of Islam. "ISIS has nothing to do with Islam,” Yasmina Haifi wrote. “It is a preconceived plan of Zionists who want to deliberately make Islam look bad."