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“This attack fits a trend of violence against the free press’

Less than a week after the building of the Dutch magazine Panorama, was struck by a grenade, drove last night a van in at the headquarters of The Telegraph on the Basisweg in Amsterdam. Editor-in-chief Paul Jansen is deeply concerned about the ruthlessly violence against journalists.’

Around 4 o’clock last night a van with a big speed, the glass façade of the offices of The Telegraph run. The driver of the white Volkswagen Caddy got out. He would cans out of the car …

Around 4 o’clock last night a van with a big speed, the glass façade of the offices of The Telegraph run. The driver of the white Volkswagen Caddy got out. He would jerry-cans from the car have taken off in which he’s building in a fire tried the stitches. Eyewitnesses speak about huge flames out of the van together.

On bewakingsbeelden is to see how the man on the flight hit, and probably in a dark coloured Audi drove away. According to the police it would go to a targeted attack.

There were at that hour are still people present in the building?

Editor-in-chief Paul Jansen: “There was in that hour, none of the editors more on the office, but people from the security. By their adequate performance, they have the damage control, because this was much worse. The sprinklers (spray nozzles to the roof or ceiling at a certain temperature, water spraying, ed) were quickly activated. Also the fire extinguishers did their work.’

 

A few days ago, damaged a grenade the building on business park Amsterdam-Sloterdijk station, where the editors of the Dutch magazine Panorama. Is there a connection?

‘For the attack on the building of the Panorama is a suspect arrested who stands at the head of the Woerdense branch of motor club Caloh Wagoh MC Main Triad. But to make statements about the connection with the attack on The Telegaaf, we need the police investigation to wait and see. Therefore, it is still too early.

The Telegraph is, however, an outspoken newspaper. Especially in the area of misdaadjournalistiek dare we all agree on someone’s toes. In addition, the timing is striking, and the offices of Panorama are close to that of us.”

The editors recent threats received?

‘The Telegraph is often threatened, but I don’t want to make statements about the where and when.”

Misdaadjournalist John van den Heuvel in the past was threatened by members of the motorcycle club No Surrender. In an interview, he said that violence against journalists is encouraged.

“I am very concerned about the ruthlessly violence against journalists. This attack fits into a trend of violence against the free press. Except John van den Heuvel was also a Parool journalist is already seriously threatened. This is a worrying trend and certainly today do I imagine the question of where this will stop. But we let our mouth not cords. We will continue to dig.’

Get John van den Heuvel today politiebeveiliging?

‘He is indeed still protected, but I would not make any statements about to do.”

There Is a lot of damage to the building of The Telegraph?

‘In the central entrance hall is a lot of water and rookschade. But where the editors, in the meantime, we continue to work on and that’s what we do in full speed. The opening of the newspaper of tomorrow, we have unfortunately, already found.”

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