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British journalists protest in Amsterdam

7 November 2007 - About fifteen members of the Netherlands Branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) protested at the Argopress offices in West last Monday. They demanded decent pay, while standing up for independent quality journalism, explained chairman Guy Thornton.

Argopress is the publisher of the Holland Times, an English-language paper distributed by multinational corporations, upmarket hotels and airlines. The NUJ says the Holland Times pays its journalists poverty wages. At present, the paper is not using freelancers, but when it did, they often had to wait long before they received payment.

There are similar problems at other English-language publications such as Amsterdam Weekly, Thornton said. Argopress was singled out for the 5 November protest to set an example. The protest was part of the European ‘Stand Up For Journalism’ campaign, initiated by the British/Irish NUJ.

Thornton said he hopes there will be a follow-up to Monday’s action, preferably in collaboration with Dutch journalists’ union NVJ.

NUJ’s members in the Netherlands include journalists for English-language publications and correspondents in the Netherlands for British media, as well as people who do not work as journalists, such as translators.

The NUJ’s oldest foreign branch is the French one, which has some 200 members. The Netherlands Branch is the youngest, and has 60 to 70 members. Some of them have a dual membership, which entitles them to legal support from the NVJ.

In comparison with the NVJ, the NUJ is a bit more militant, said Thornton. He thinks this may have something to do with its background in British labour relations.

NUJ. Photo: Katrin McGauran


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