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.
Dutch media are filing summary proceedings against the court in Limburg and the municipality of Brunssum in an attempt to force more freedom of the press around the investigation into Nicky Verstappen's death. This is partly due to a review of the case planned for Tuesday that is not accessible to any journalists, NU.nl reports.
Financieele Dagblad correspondent Ans Boersma was deported from Turkey because she is suspected of having links with a terrorist organization, a spokesperson for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a written statement. The spokesperson said Turkey received information about the issue from the Dutch police, who asked Turkey to share information about Boersma's "journeys in and out of Turkey", NU.nl reports.
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.
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.
Dutch cartoonist Ruben Oppenheimer has the Dutch government and journalist association NVJ in his corner. Oppenheimer is currently up against Turkey over a cartoon he drew of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He and Twitter both received Turkish court orders to remove the cartoon from the social media platform.
Threatened journalists should be offered more protection by the police, judiciary and their employers, according to a study done on behalf of journalists union NVJ. This relatively unprotected group performs an important social task and deserves the same protection as other people working for the public interest, like police officers and firefighters, the researchers conclude, Trouw reports.
Three out of five journalists in the Netherlands were threatened or intimidated at least once during the course of his or her work, according to a study by the Dutch association of journalists NVJ. A fifth of Dutch journalists say they are threatened on a monthly basis, NOS and NRC reports.
The study report, written by former Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer, will be officially presented on Wednesday, according to the two news agencies.
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 Dutch journalist association NVJ launched an investigation to find out how often journalists get intimidated while doing their jobs. This investigation follows reports that motorcycle gang No Surrender threatened Panorama journalist Mylene de la Haye to not publish a series of articles on the gang
Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans was shot and killed by an ISIS sniper in the Libyan city of Sirte. Both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Belgian news agency Knack, where Oerlemans worked, confirmed his death on Sunday
New political movement DENK thinks that journalists should swear an oath in which the promise to exercise their profession faithfully. Such an oath would "help prevent the appearance of distrust, which lives in many people according to research", DENK parliamentarian Tunahan Kuzu said to RTL Nieuws.
The Dutch association of journalists NVJ and Omroep Flevoland is considering going to court because of emergency decree at public meetings, such as debates about asylum centers. An emergency ordinance means that the press can be denied access to the meeting, and the NVJ wants the court to stop this
Internet providers and telecom companies no longer have to store communications data, the court ruled today, stating that the importance of privacy outweighs the need for the information, NOS reports. The judge scrapped the law that obliges companies to do so.
Fréderike Geerdink, the Dutch journalist living in Turkey who was taken in for questioning in January, may be facing a prison sentence of between 1 and 5 years. The Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakir is prosecuting her for "making propaganda for a terrorist organization".
The Netherlands Association of Journalists (NVJ) urgently wants to have a consultation with Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security, and the mayors of Amsterdam and Hilversum regarding the safety of journalists, "who are apparently very vulnerable".
Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought in for questioning by Turkey's terrorism police Tuesday to determine if she is spreading "propaganda for terrorist organization," she said on Twitter. Her house was searched by an eight person terrorism squad.