Wednesday, February 27, 2019
The Dutch Postcode Lottery supports Free Press Unlimited with an extra contribution of 3.5 million Euro for the ‘A Safe World for the Truth’ project. With this project, Free Press Unlimited, in cooperation with The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters without Borders (RSF) among others, supports a new approach to dealing with serious violent crimes against journalists.

Journalists are increasingly the victims of violence, and all too often the perpetrators get away with it. Only one out of every ten crimes of this nature will come to detection, prosecution and punishment. Free Press Unlimited, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters without Borders (RSF), together with Bellingcat and Forensic Architecture, among others, will be investigating a number of violent crimes against journalists, seeking to track down the perpetrators and encourage governments to make more of an effort to bring them to justice. Three of these cases will be brought before a ‘People’s Tribunal on Crimes against Journalists’.

On Tuesday, 26th February, Margriet Karsoredjo, employee at the Dutch Postcode Lottery, presented the check for 3.5 million Euro to Ruth Kronenburg, Directeur Operations of Free Press Unlimited. Kronenburg: “Journalists provide facts, expose misconducts and monitor power, in all our interests. The time when they could be murdered without any consequence must be over. With this project, we are fighting back in order to really tackle impunity, to have perpetrators and those who commission them brought to justice and to encourage governments who are lax in these matters to work on eradicating violence against journalists. I am pleased that the Dutch Postcode Lottery is giving us the change to do this.”

Thanks to participants of the Postcode Lottery 

The announcement of the donation to Free Press Unlimited was made in the run-up to the Postcode Lottery’s Goed Geld Gala on 4th March. That is when the Lottery will disclose the total amount of donations it can give to charity organisations, thanks to its participants. Half of the money it has received from Postcode Lottery participants goes to charities in the field of man and nature. Last year that was a total sum of more than 357.5 million Euro for a better world.

With help from forensic experts, jurists, CPJ and RSF databases, and local Free Press Unlimited partners, ‘A Safe World for the Truth’ will start by investigating ten current conspicuous cases of violence against journalists. Governments involved will be confronted with the results of these investigations. In five of these cases, a team of investigative journalists will then examine any detecting that has been done, where it stagnated and why the perpetrators and/or those who commissioned them, have not been prosecuted. This entire process will be covered and published on video and social media. The first case is expected to be brought before the Tribunal at the end of 2020. 

About the Dutch Postcode Lottery 

The Dutch Postcode Lottery was established in 1989 to support charities that work on a just and green world. The lottery raises funds for its charities and gives prominence to their work. For the Postcode Lottery, your postal code is your lot number. So you and your neighbours are joint winners. At the moment, there are 2.9 million households participate in the lottery. Every month, participants have the chance of winning hundreds of thousands in prizes and half of their lottery prize goes to support 103 charitable organisations per year. Since the foundation of the Postcode Lottery, more than 5.4 billion Euro has been donated to man and nature. 

Photo: Roy Beusker