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No explanation after Van Gogh murder

21 February 2007 - After the murder of Theo van Gogh in 2004, Amsterdam made no effort whatsoever to inform the foreign press of initiatives that were taken to prevent tensions from escalating. This was said at a discussion meeting at de Balie last night.

A panel of correspondents of foreign media discussed the image of the Netherlands. According to Annette Birschel of the Foreign Press Association, cities like Utrecht, The Hague and Leyden did make an effort to inform foreign journalists.

Gerald de Hemptinne of the French press agency AFP told that during a press conference on the new coalition agreement, he had been waving emphatically to ask a question, but he did not get a chance. Afterwards he was told: you should have waved.

According to him, the incident illustrates that the Netherlands is still occupied with dealing with the incidents of the last couple of years, making us somewhat oblivious to what is happening outside.

Isabel Ferrer of the Spanish newspaper El País saw matters slightly different. If something happens in the Netherlands, not only will the incident be reported in the newspapers, but also the response in foreign media. Why should one be so concerned with what foreign media write, she wondered.

The journalists agreed that a lot has changed in the Netherlands during the past years, but that it is an interesting country to work in. Given the size of the country, quite a lot of stories are reported in the foreign media.

Sometimes the correspondents themselves experience how the social climate has changed. For example, Toby Sterling of the Associated Press had to hand in his Dutch passport, because he refused to give up his American nationality.

Robin Pascoe told how she recently started getting comments about her pronunciation of the Dutch language not being perfect. Pascoe is strictly speaking not a foreign correspondent. She writes for Dutchnews, an internet newspaper with Dutch news in English.

There are all sorts of websites at which expats complain about the Netherlands, but Dutchnews does not want to be such a site. The newspaper in principle reports the same news as Dutch media, so ‘not what we think foreigners want to read’.


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