This 10 January 2006 Dutch TV video is about a demonstration of people from Schinveld village in Limburg province in the Netherlands. The demonstration was against cutting down the nature reserve Schinveld forest for NATO AWACS military aircraft based in Germany which make much noise.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
NRC photographer in prison cell because he refused to give up photos
A photographer from NRC Handelsblad daily was jailed on Sunday for two hours because he refused to give footage to the police. The NRC is angry about it and has referred the case to the College of Attorneys General, the daily administration of the Public Prosecution Service.
Freelancer Chris Keulen was working with a NRC reporter near Brunssum.
In Dutch Limburg province. Where there is a NATO military headquarters.
These are AWACS aircraft, which are illegal in the USA because of their noise problems. People in Limburg have been waging massive actions for many years against the AWACS noise.
According to NRC, a fight between an activist and a US soldier in civilian clothes occurred during the report. The activist got a swollen face, stretched knee bands and bloodshed.
Keulen made pictures of the incident. When he reported to the police station for a witness statement, he was asked to give up the photos. He refused that. He was then arrested and, according to Keulen, there was an “intimidating and unpleasant” atmosphere. Eventually his camera was seized.
The NRC says police and justice department have violated their own rules because no permission had been requested from a judge. …
What is the reason for the police action? He does not know. “Maybe because it was a US American.” He calls the actions of the soldier excessive.
‘A matter of concern’
The College of Attorneys General is now investigating the matter. Chief editor Peter Vandermeersch has already asked the public prosecution service to cancel the case against Keulen and to destroy the seized photographs. “It is a matter of concern that the police and the judiciary seem to be unfamiliar with their own rules on seizure”, he says.
UPDATE: the Public Prosecution Service has admitted they were wrong: here.