Back in 2012 artist Peter de Koning of Steenbergen, Noord Brabant made a statue to protest the way a police officer had treated his daughter: a big wooden penis. The artwork also had the name of the offending officer on it, considered at the time to be ‘insulting an officer’ and was confiscated.
‘Dick artist’ De Koning has now been accused of libel for reposting a picture of a police offer taking an outdoor wee on a public road, which is illegal. De Koning claimed this was the police officer that had given his daughter a hard time, but apparently it’s not. De Koning’s lawyer is having a field day with this law suit, saying it’s ridiculous, as the photo was taken by somebody else and reposted by many other people. The court case is due on 29 April, so we’ll keep you posted.
De Koning is already thinking up a new protest artwork, one that expresses how he feels, but that won’t be confiscated.
(Link: www.omroepbrabant.nl, Photo by Facemepls, some rights reserved)
Tags: cops, libel
Earlier this month the government issued terrorist warnings to its employees about investigative journalist Brenno De Winter, which were unwarranted, and had to be rectified. These warnings were sent to every single security department of every single ministry, including personal details about the journalist.
Problem is, the government didn’t put in as much energy in rectifying the situation as they did slandering a well-reputed journalist. The national police invited De Winter for ‘a cup of coffee’ (aka a sit down) to talk about what happened and diffuse the tension, but managed to make it worse by telling De Winter he could not bring his lawyer, which looks like intimidation. De Winter told this to the press in the hopes of indirectly getting the national police to change their mind about him bringing his lawyer along ‘for coffee’. De Winter and his lawyer plan to sue for libel at this point.
After questions from the floor, the Dutch government distanced themselves from dealing with this and is hoping the Minister of Justice and Safety Ivo Opstelten will mop this up and make it go away.
So far, no dice.
(Link: thepostonline.nl, Photo of journalist Brenno de Winter by Roy van Ingen, some rights reserved)
Tags: Brenno de Winter, libel, police state