Netherlands: RSF and other press freedom organizations welcome political debate on media freedom and safety of journalists

Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners and other undersigned press freedom organizations welcome the publication of the Dutch government letter to Parliament of 29 June 2022 concerning a proposed policy approach on media freedom and safety of journalists.

We welcome the fact that, in preparing its letter, the government took into account reports from national and international journalists and civil society organizations, including the work of the Dutch Vereniging van Journalistenthe recent MFRR report “Towards a Safer Haven: Advancing the Safety of Journalists in the Face of Growing Threats in the Netherlands” and Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index.

The undersigned organisations, while acknowledging that the Netherlands remains – by global standards – a relatively safe place for journalists and media professionals, felt there was room for improvement in a number of areas. . These include the need to ensure a better understanding of the role of the press among the general public and the fact that specific categories of journalists, including women and independent journalists, face specific threats which require an approach more targeted policy. We also call for a tailored approach to police protection against serious threats from organized crime. In addition, we recommend putting more emphasis on preventive measures.

The undersigned organizations welcome the government’s constructive approach to these concerns, which we find reflected in its letter to Parliament, and look forward to seeing how this initial proposal will be developed and strengthened in the forthcoming parliamentary debate after the recess. , and beyond. In this regard, we also underline the importance of proper implementation. We hope that throughout this process, politicians and decision-makers will continue to seek out and constructively engage with the views of national and international business associations and civil society organizations, and we stand ready to participate in this process.

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ARTICLE 19 Europe

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

European Center for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

Unlimited Free Press (FPU)

International Press Institute (IPI)

OBC Transeuropa (OBCT)

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

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