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  • 22 September 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Dutch public radio and TV: New and improved?

    The new TV and radio season opened in Holland in September 2010. Two new broadcasters entered the system, one was forced to leave and three decided to work together. Foreign nationals may ask: isn't there a single public broadcaster like the BBC? The answer is no. Instead, Dutch public TV and radio are in a limbo that suits no-one in the long run, neither the audience nor the journalists.
  • 16 June 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Berlusconi gag law sparks protest, but likely to pass

    The front page of La Repubblica remained blank last Friday, in protest of a proposed law backed by the Berlusconi government. The only text, written on a yellow Post-it: "The gagging law will deny citizens their right to be informed." La Repubblica, together with L'Unità and Il Fatto Quotidiano, are on the front lines of the battle against what is, according to the paper, a major threat to the freedom of press in Italy.
  • 1 June 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Miracle boy of Tripoli sparks a Dutch debate

    “My name is Ruben and I'm from Holland.” These few words in Holland's biggest newspaper, De Telegraaf, sparked controversy across the nation. Commentators harshly criticised the paper, some asked for editor-in-chief Sjuul Paradijs to resign, MPs expressed their horror on Twitter and a thousand subscribers cancelled their subscriptions. The question is: where to draw the line between individual privacy and the public interest?