A group of journalists will protest at the court in Rotterdam on Friday against NOS reporter Robert Bas being taken into custody for refusing to testify in an ongoing criminal case and give up his source. "It is very serious that at a time when whistleblowers are being eavesdropped on, journalists are being locked up", the initiators said to RTL Nieuws.
Court reporter Chris Klomp was threatened on Thursday night. A brick was thrown through his kitchen window, and a threatening note was stuck to his door. The note instructed Klomp to delete his social media accounts, "or we'll be back", according to photos he posted on Twitter.
"We were just in bed, and then everything downstairs suddenly lies in ruins. That does scare you", the reporter, who writes for newspaper AD and others, said to NOS.
Dutch journalists and aid workers will soon need permission from the Ministry of Justice and Security to work in areas controlled by terrorists. A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Tuesday approved a legislative amendment by Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus to this effect, NOS reports.
Crime reporter Pieter R. de Vries said on Tuesday that he is on the hit list of still fugitive criminal Ridouan Taghi. According to De Vries, Taghi wants him murdered because of statements he made about the man, he said to the Telegraaf.
"The only thing I can do now is to publicize this", De Vries said to the newspaper. He hopes to soon get more information from the criminal environment, he said.
The F-Side, the hardcore of Ajax supporters, warned the Telegraaf and other media to stop filming supporters around matches. This follows a Telegraaf reporter and cameraman being attacked when they filmed F-Side supporters before the match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in London on Tuesday, NOS reports.
The Dutch authorities launched a Safe Press project on Monday with the goal to better protect journalists and help ensure that they can do their jobs safely. The project includes the police and Public Prosecutor giving high priority to finding perpetrators of violence or aggression against journalists, harsher punishment demands for these crimes, and a hotline where journalists can report incidents, the police said in a statement.
Tucker Carlson, a presenter on American broadcaster Fox News, called Dutch journalist and historian Rutger Bregman a "moron" during an interview, according to video footage of the interview released by platform NotThisNews.
The interview started off well enough, but by the end Carlson is completely sick of the Dutch historian. "I wanna say to you, why don't you go fuck yourself, you tiny brain - and I hope this gets picked up, because you're a moron", Carlson said to Bregman. "I tried to give you a hearing, but you were too fucking annoying."
Two Russian women were arrested at Schiphol airport on Monday morning, independent Russian newspaper Novaja Gazeta reports. The Koninklijke Marechausee could not confirm the arrests to the Volkskrant.
Turkey deported Financieele Dagblad correspondent Ans Boersma on Thursday. According to the newspaper, the Turkish authorities gave no official explanation for the deportation, only saying the journalist had to leave for "safety-related reasons".
The 31-year-old journalist received her Turkish press card for the year last week, according to the newspaper. She arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday morning, and went to the immigration service to extend her residency permit. At the police station she was told that she was to be deported.
Journalists and columnists must be better protected against racist and threatening reactions to their articles, Thomas Bruning of journalists' association NVJ said in response to the news of Trouw columnist Seada Nourhussen giving up her column because of a flood of "extreme, negative and sometimes racist reactions", Het Parool reports.
The Public Prosecutor 15 times used coercive measures against journalists over the past three years. These measures include eavesdropping on calls, retrieving phone data and requisition of journalistic materials, NRC reports based on information received through the Open Government Act.
In September Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in a letter to parliament that he knows about three incidents in which coercive measures were used against journalists, adding that the Public Prosecutor had "no other ongoing investigations".
An investigation was launched in 2013 into the person responsible for the deaths of four Dutch journalists in El Salvador in 1982, according to Jos van Dongen of TV program Zembla. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor confirmed that a criminal investigation has been ongoing for five years, Nieuwsuur reports.
A Dutch woman was found dead in a hotel room in the T Nagar area of Chennai, India on Thursday. The young woman, identified as 24-year-old Linda Irene Heijker based on passport records, was found under mysterious circumstances, India Today reports.
The Dutch woman checked in to the hotel on Monday, introducing herself as a journalist, and told hotel staff she would be checking out on Thursday morning, according to the newspaper. When she hadn't checked out of her room by 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, hotel workers opened her room with a duplicate key and found her dead.
On Thursday the Public Prosecutor admitted to a third case in which a journalist's right to protect his sources was not respected. The Prosecutor in Rotterdam retrieved a journalist's telephone data in an effort to find his sources. This happened in October 2017 and February 2018 in a criminal investigation into a police officer suspected of leaking information to the journalist, NU.nl reports.
After the murder of Reduan B., brother of key witness Nabil B., the Public Prosecutor eavesdropped on a conversation between a journalist and a source without following the proper procedures, the Public Prosecutor confirmed in a statement on Wednesday after NOS wrote about it.
Reporter Ton van der Ham of television program Zembla is banned fro UMC Utrecht for a year, according to an official denial of entry by the hospital. The journalist will only be allowed on the hospital grounds if he needs urgent physical or psychological help, the document reads, NOS reports.
The police are investigating reports that outlaw motorcycle club No Surrender put a price on the head of crime reporter John van den Heuvel, the police said in a statement on Monday.
A investigative journalist for Dutch national broadcaster KRO-NCRV was arrested in Greece on Monday for entering a restricted military area on the border between Greece and Turkey without permission. Sakir Khader was released on Tuesday after appearing in court, the Washington Post reports.
A group of men threatened and harassed journalists in the Venlo district of Blerick on Thursday. A reporter and cameraman from PowNed were assaulted, and journalists from ANP and NOS were also targeted. Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security denounced these attacks, calling them unacceptable in the weekly ministerial council on Friday, according to 1Limburg.
Dutch journalist Bram Janssen was released from custody several hours after being arrested in Istanbul on Sunday. The photo journalist for news wire AP was arrested while taking pictures at a pride parade through the Turkish capital, according to RTL correspondent Olaf Koens.
Koens also confirmed that Janssen was released. "I got a message from Bram: 'Yes, I am free. I was treated well', he wrote. So it ended with a sizzle." Janssen filmed police action against the people in the pride parade. He has a Turkish press card, so was allowed to do so, according to the broadcaster.
The UN war crimes tribunal ICTY is releasing French journalist Florence Hartmann from custody. Hartmann was arrested in The Hague on Thursday while waiting for the verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.
French journalist Florence Hartmann was arrested by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague last week. The conditions under which she is being detained, are being met with international disbelief. According to her lawyer, Hartmann is being kept in solitary confinement, with a light burning 24 hours per day and checked on every 15 minutes.
Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD walk on the leash of USA's National Security Agency (NSA) and are "extremely docile" and seen as "subordinates", says former NSA and CIA employee Edward Snowden in an interview to Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur.
A group of both Jewish and Muslim people will come together tomorrow in Cafe Belcampo in Amsterdam West to remember and discuss the terror acts in Paris earlier this month. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will be speaking during the "Solidarity Night; Jews and Muslims Solidarity with Paris" and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan will be attending the event as well.