Gondola Affair – Municipal Councillor May Accuse Former Alderman of Corruption

gondelaffaire4Municipal councillor Stoelinga of the city of Delft (formerly Leefbaar Delft, currently Onafhankelijk Delft) accused former alderman Baljé of the political party VVD of corruption as a result of incriminating video and sound recordings from 2004 and 2005 of the alderman having several telephone conversations. In total there are approximately four hours of video recordings. A clip of the images is published online here. Baljé summoned Stoelinga, Leefbaar Delft and the person who had made the recordings to appear in court and claimed substantial damages.

Freedom of Expression in the Political Debate
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he Court of Appeal rendered its judgment in the proceedings on the merits on 16 March 2010. The Court of Appeal gave way to the freedom of speech …read more

Dutch Newspaper De Volkskrant Can Keep Negative Articles in Internet Archive

artikel-gemist1In a judgment of 31 March 2010 the Court of Amsterdam ruled that de Volkskrant need not delete articles about Eric Luzac, the founder of the Luzac schools, from the Internet or from its archive. In the period 2002-2005 de Volkskrant  had published a number of critical articles about malpractices in companies in which Luzac was involved. Through the companies, nurses from the Philippines were recruited for work in the Netherlands. 

Luzac had initiated proceedings on the merits against de Volkskrant because in his view the publications were still causing him problems. Luzac had not argued that the articles themselves were unlawful, but …read more