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‘Little consideration for activist media’

18 October 2007 - Judicial authorities have never shown much consideration for activist media, lawyer Ties Prakken argued today before the court of justice. She and her colleague Michel Uiterwaal argued that a 1996 police search of the editorial office of Ravage Magazine violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

The search of the office at the Van Ostadestraat was carried out after Ravage had published a letter in which the Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility for a bomb attack at Basf. Arnhem police not only searched the Ravage office for the letter, but also confiscated computers, addresses of subscribers, bank statements and other documents.

While policemen were loading the documents in their vans, sympathisers alerted by AT5 arrived at the Van Ostadestraat. The police fled into the Ravage office and barricaded the door. They had to be rescued by Amsterdam mounted and riot police.

Prakken and Uiterwaal argued that the police search constituted an unjustified violation of the freedom of expression and the right to privacy and that it criminalised both Ravage and its subscribers.

The State argued that the search was justified by the threat of more bomb attacks. It added that ‘we all know’ today how dangerous terrorism is. It argued that the suspected murderer of activist Louis Sévèke has claimed involvement in the Basf bombing. The Sévèke murder would be ‘telling for the amount of violence people were willing to use’. How this recent rumour was relevant for a 1996 decision to search Ravage remained unclear.

Previously, the court in the Hague ruled that the search had been justified, but subsequently the Supreme Court ruled that the court had failed to establish the necessity of the search. It referred the case to the Amsterdam court of justice, which will rule on 29 November.

Photo: Ravage. Ravage report of the search (in Dutch)


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