Category: NEWS

Journalists threatened for doing their job

Last year, the Dutch press safety campaign Pers Veilig received 198 reports of violence and threats against journalists working in the Netherlands, according to its latest report. These included 33 cases of actual physical violence, 133 of threats, and 13 of stalking and intimidation. This is down on 2021, in which 272 cases were reported,…

By Tony Sheldon 02/02/2023 Off

Grants of up to €20,000 to support freelance journalists

The Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund has just opened the second round of applications for the Freelancer Support Scheme.The scheme provides grants of up to €20,000 to cross-border teams made up entirely of freelancers. It will also offer an extra layer of support through training, mentoring and networking opportunities.The deadline for applications is 23 February,…

By Admin 18/01/2023 Off

New Reach pay offer after strike action

More than 1,000 NUJ members, who work for Reach Plc, publishers of the Mirror, Express and dozens of regional newspapers and websites across the UK and Ireland, are currently being a balloted on a new pay offer.   This follows the rejection of the company’s 3% pay offer and the resulting one-day national strike. Members walked…

By Tony Sheldon 13/09/2022 Off

Freelancer Support Scheme

Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) fund has just opened the applications for the Freelancer Support Scheme that might be interesting for you or your community. The scheme provides grants of up to €20,000 to cross-border teams made up entirely of freelancers. It will also offer an extra layer of support through training, mentoring and networking…

By Admin 06/09/2022 Off

Freelancers’ home addresses to be kept under wraps

Freelance journalists, who work from home, will no longer be legally obliged to register their private address with the Chambers of Commerce, therefore making it public, according to a letter to parliament from the Minister of Economic Affairs, Micky Adriaansens. Freelancers will still, however, have to register a PO box or another alternative postal address.…

By Tony Sheldon 11/07/2022 Off

Breakthrough on freelancers pay rates

The Dutch journalists trade union (NVJ) are celebrating what it claims is a “breakthrough” for freelance reporters’ and photographers’ pay in a deal reached with the largest publishing house in the Netherlands, DPG Media. If agreed by NVJ members, it marks the end of a three-year campaign, backed by NUJ Netherlands, to establish a reasonable…

By Tony Sheldon 09/06/2022 Off

Journalists under threat

An international fact-finding mission led by the Amsterdam-based Free Press Unlimited has concluded that the increased polarisation of Dutch society, and threats from organised crime, pose a considerable risk to the safety of journalists working in the Netherlands. While overall the Netherlands remains a safe haven of independent media, ranking 6th  in Reporters Without Borders’…

By Tony Sheldon 14/04/2022 0

It is becoming increasingly unsafe for journalists to report in the Netherlands: international fact-finding mission finds

From Free Press Unlimited The Netherlands is internationally known for consistently having one of the highest levels of press freedom worldwide, ranking sixth on the 2021 World Press Freedom Index. However, attacks against journalists are on the rise, the international fact-finding mission on the safety of journalists in the Netherlands concludes. Established in close consultation with…

By Admin 08/04/2022 0

Ukraine Appeal

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has thrust our profession into the frontline, both to bear testimony to events on the ground, and in the information war for the truth. The NUJ Netherlands branch met this week to urge our members to back the NUJ’s appeal to support the safety fund and to remind journalists travelling…

By Admin 21/03/2022 0

Support to our sister organisations in Ukraine

As events surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfold journalists are doing a magnificent but extremely dangerous job. The NUJ together with its international trade union colleagues at the IFJ and EFJ are supporting our sister organisations in Ukraine and issuing advice on how to stay as safe as possible. See: Ukraine: journalists security and…

By Admin 25/02/2022 0