14 Nov 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 27 Jun 2018 Netherlands

Dutch Biggest Daily De Telegraaf Attacked in Latest Incident Targeting Media

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ Index
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A van was deliberately rammed into the façade of De Telegraaf’s headquarters in Amsterdam, causing considerable damage to the façade of the building housing the Dutch biggest newspaper. This was a second incident targeting media organisations in less than a week, following an attack on the offices of Panorama were shot at with an anti-tank missile. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the attack. In the meanwhile, De Telegraaf reporter John van den Heuvel is under police protection because of death threats he received from criminals gangs for his reporting on crime. Another journalist, Paul Vugs who works for Parool, currently lives in a safe house after he also received threats to his life from organised crime.
Progress
22 May 2019: On 20 and 21 May 2019, trial on the attack on the Panorama offices began before the Amsterdam Criminal Court. Three members of the Caloh Wagoh Main Triad motor club, Richard Z., Mike van den B. and John P., were charged with “attempted murder in association” and “illegal possession of weapons”. The Public Prosecutor’s Office alleged a link between the attack on Panorama, the prior publishing of articles on organised crime, and the attack on De Telegraaf. The main suspect in the attack on De Telegraaf has not been arrested so far.   Article from De Telegraaf (in Dutch): “Hoofdverdachte aanslag Panorama: ’Kijk eens wat een show!’”
Updates
08 Apr 2019
On 8 April 2019, the police authorities and special forces raided homes and offices in Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, arresting 12 suspects in connection with the attack. Two more were also arrested in Nijmegen.
19 Jul 2018
On 19 July 2018, the National Police, the Office of the Public Prosecutor, the Dutch Association of Journalists and the Dutch Society of Editors in Chief concluded an agreement to improve awareness, training and guidance for the police authorities on the safety of journalists. Media outlets will report any incidents, provide safety training and set up security plans.
State replies
14 Nov 2018
Follow-ups
29 Jun 2018
OSCE Representative condemns arson attack on offices of De Telegraaf newspaper
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