Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Refusal of journalists by VVD ‘is a shame for the Netherlands’
At present, the VVD is negotiating with three other parties to form a new coalition government.
This week, Dutch site Follow the Money published on the iffy financial affairs of VVD chairman Keizer.
Mr Henry Keizer was accused of buying a financially strong cooperative undertakers’ organisation for far too little money, pocketing the cooperative society members’ 12 million euros himself. Other prominent VVD politicians are said to have helped Keizer in this.
Today, Keizer had a press conference. However, the Follow the Money journalist was stopped at the door. So was PowNed TV; a right-wing broadcaster, usually pro-VVD; but they had quoted Follow the Money.
From the NOS report (translated):
The Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ) calls the action ‘unworthy of the VVD’. “This is scandalous,” said Rosa García López of the association. “This should not be possible, this should not be allowed. It is incomprehensible that they do this.” According to the NVJ, the refusal does not work to the benefit of the VVD. “In the end, they only harm themselves.” …
Today, it became known that the Netherlands is ranked second in the worldwide Press Freedom Monitor. “But this is very at odds with that second position,” says García López of the NVJ.
USA: According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 60 percent of those who voted for Trump view the media as their “enemy”.
It is perhaps appropriate that July 4, 2017, Independence Day, should coincide with yet another degrading spectacle exposing the far-reaching rot of American democracy. The past several days have seen a marked escalation of Trump’s conflict with the US media, pitting the fascistic and authoritarian president against a thoroughly corrupt and compromised establishment press: here.
JAKE TAPPER WENT ALL IN ON A BLISTERING REPORT ON TRUMP’S USE OF THE PHRASE ‘FAKE NEWS’ “Almost every single time he’s used that term, the news has been accurate,” Tapper said Monday on CNN during the segment. “It’s just been news he doesn’t like.” [HuffPost]
Trump’s Attorney General Sessions announces crackdown on leakers, threatens reporters: here.