Surveillance of Dutch investigative journalist by Dutch secret service
Question for written answer E-002901/2022
to the Commission
Sophia in 't Veld (Renew), Ramona Strugariu (Renew)
On 28 August 2022, it was revealed that Dutch investigative journalist Stella Braam had been secretly monitored by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) for almost 35 years. The AIVD has not disclosed the reasons for which she was subject to surveillance.
- 1.Is the Commission aware of this case and does it consider monitoring a journalist for a period as long as 35 years to be proportionate and justified for reasons of ‘national security’?
- 2.Does it consider that this case is a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation, Law Enforcement Directive and generally the European democratic standards laid down in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, and that secret surveillance of journalists has a chilling effect on their work, thereby undermining press freedom?
- 3.If so, what action will it take to ensure that investigative journalists are protected against surveillance?
-  https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/08/28/aivd-hield-onderzoeksjournalist-35-jaar-in-de-gaten-en-liet-huisgenoot-haar-bespioneren-a4139991