Let’s be honest, we’re all wopke

Judging individuals for their part in the Pandora Papers takes the focus off the root cause Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra invested in a safari-startup in Africa called Asilia Africa and emerged in the Pandora Papers because of the British Virgin Islands bank account connected to the project. Obviously, journalists and opinion makers criticize the … Continue reading Let’s be honest, we’re all wopke

Reporting on climate change in a holistic way

The beauty of a holistic approach to global inequality is that it makes so much sense because the challenges we face nowadays shouldn’t be solved in isolation. The tricky part is that once you go down the holistic road, you’re suddenly considering everything, so where to focus? THE GLOBAL SOUTH ISN'T THE BIGGEST POLLUTER If … Continue reading Reporting on climate change in a holistic way

Dutch journalism and its biggest newsroom has a white fragility problem

The NOS, the largest news organization of the Netherlands became news itself this week when internal documents and screenshots about its diversity policy were leaked. It showed that the newsroom actively encourages its employees to profile gender and ethnicity in news reports. Furthermore, there is a monthly ‘Divibokaal’, a ‘Diversity Cup’ for the most ‘diverse’ production … Continue reading Dutch journalism and its biggest newsroom has a white fragility problem

How media can heal themselves from the ‘whiteness psychosis’

A 5:25 minutes debate on a Sunday morning two weeks ago, about the question whether the word ‘Empire’ should be removed from British Honours, teaches us everything that goes wrong in journalism nowadays if it's about discussing the colonial past. Professor of Black Studies Dr Kehinde Andrews was invited to join a panel in the … Continue reading How media can heal themselves from the ‘whiteness psychosis’