|Zumel Center protests detention of two Dutch journalists|
|Written by Administrator|
|Wednesday, 29 November 2006 03:00|
The Antonio Zumel Center for Press Freedom (AZCPF) joins all concerned Dutch and international media in protesting the unjust detention of De Telegraaf journalists Bart Mos and Joost de Haas in Scheveningen, The Hague.
Their detention was ordered by a local judge when they refused to reveal their source of information in an expose' they wrote in De Telegraaf over the scandals and corruption in the Dutch Intelligence Services (AIVD).
In a recent open letter, the two Dutch journalists said that they cannot betray their source and that their subsequent detention is unjust and has endangered press freedom.
The Dutch Union of Journalists (NVJ) has supported the case of the two journalists and has started a "mailing campaign" to seek their release and to defend press freedom in the Netherlands.
The AZCPF believes that standing up for the truth and the ethics of the journalistic profession are the only effective means of defending freedom of the press that has always been under attack by dark forces out to distort the truth for selfish political and economic ends.
The movement of media people in the Philippines offers their solidarity to Bart Mos and Joost de Haas, even as the Gloria Arroyo regime continue to attack their ranks with the assassination of Filipino newsmen and intimidating them by filing libel cases against them.