RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive to go further “We condemn all violence designed to intimidate journalists and media outlets whose reporting annoys people,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “We call on the Dutch authorities to investigate these attacks thoroughly with the aim of bringing those responsible to justice, and to provide appropriate protection to journalists who put themselves in danger by doing investigative reporting.” November 23, 2020 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more Questioned by the daily Volkskrant two months ago, Van den Heuvel said the methods used by criminal groups to silence their “enemies” – both journalists and others – had become much more violent. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s attack on the Dutch daily De Telegraaf,in which a van was deliberately crashed into the front of its headquarters in Amsterdam atround 4 a.m., and calls on the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation with the aimof identifying and punishing those responsible. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Both De Telegraaf and Panorama provide a great deal of coverage of organized crime. Two Dutch crime reporters were given round-the-clock police protection last year. One of them, John Van de Heuvel, works for De Telegraaf. NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeViolence RSF_en News Receive email alerts News NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeViolence Follow the news on Netherlands The attack, in which the van caught fire after smashing through the building’s glass facade, caused considerable damage but no injuries. A tabloid with more than 350,000 subscribers, De Telegraaf is the biggest daily in the Netherlands. The police described the attack as deliberate and said they were looking for the driver, who got away. Todays’ attack comes five days after an anti-tank missile was fired at the Amsterdam building that houses two magazines, Panorama and Nieuwe Revu, on the night of 21 June, but the authorities have not as yet linked the two cases. A suspect has been arrested in connection with last week’s attack. News DR June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information June 26, 2018 Netherlands: Van deliberately smashed into Dutch daily’s headquarters Organisation Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Although ranked 3rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, the Netherlands has not escaped the general downward trend in Europe in respect for press freedom.