Suriname journalist fired after exposure as spy

first_img 29 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Suriname journalist fired after exposure as spy by: – June 8, 2011 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img By Ivan CairoMap of Suriname. Photo credit: state.govPARAMARIBO, Suriname — Freelance journalist for the Surinamese magazine Parbode and editor-in-chief of the news website, Paul Kraaijer, was fired over the weekend following revelations that he was a former spy for the Dutch secret service.In an interview he did on the basis of anonymity published by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Kraaijer disclosed that for 25 years until August 2010 he spied on criminals, leftist groups and extremist animal rights groups for the Dutch government. Although his identity wasn’t revealed during the interview, a Belgian journalist also working in Suriname discovered who he was and subsequently exposed him. Kraaijer moved to Suriname in 2010.Publisher of Parbode Magazine, Caribbean Media Group (CMG), which also runs the website, noted that Kraaijer was fired to avoid any hint of conflicts of interest.“The publisher and editorial staff believe that the combination of journalist and informer is totally intolerable and reject the actions and remarks of Paul Kraaijer,” CMG manager Jaap Hoogendam and Parbode’s editor-in-chief Eartha Tjan A Way said in an official statement.According to Tjan A Way it is very important for the magazine and website to uphold its image of impartiality, reliability and credibility.“Until the publication in De Telegraaf, the editorial staff of Parbode and didn’t know anything about his past. Parbode and the news site stand for pure journalism and want to avoid any hint of conflicts of interest,” the CMG management further stated.Kraaijer revealed that through the years he had infiltrated extremist animal rights groups and leftist organizations in the Netherlands, including the Anti Fascist Action group (AFA). In the 1990s he allegedly was the second in command of the AFA and its spokesman. Information and intelligence he collected were passed to the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD). He also actively participated in violent actions of these groups and intelligence he collected served to bring a violent animal rights activist in the Netherlands to justice.In an e-mail to his former employer, Kraaijer said that he is shocked over his dismissal, since his work as a spy has nothing to do with his work as a journalist in Suriname. For years Kraaijer has maintained a website targeting environmental issues in Suriname and several other blogs. Since his dismissal his blogs have been closed.Meanwhile the Dutch Association of Journalists has called on the minister of Home Affairs to explain why the Dutch spy agency was using informants disguised as journalists. According to the journalists organization these actions are damaging to the credibility of journalists.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!last_img