Willem-Alexander defends the press

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1 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – "When people choose a career in journalism, they do so out of idealism, because they want to make the world better. Ninety-nine percent of the people who work in media have good intentions," Crown Prince Willem-Alexander said on Wednesday at a conference on the role of the media in intercultural dialogue.

1 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – "When people choose a career in journalism, they do so out of idealism, because they want to make the world better. Ninety-nine percent of the people who work in media have good intentions," Crown Prince Willem-Alexander said on Wednesday at a conference on the role of the media in intercultural dialogue.

Anyone who would have said before this state visit to Turkey that Prince Willem-Alexander would stand up as a patron for the press would have received pitying looks. The press was given such a bashing on Wednesday in the discussions between Turkish and Dutch students that the prince felt compelled to defend the large majority of those who work in media.

The royal family has long had mixed feelings towards the press. The young Willem-Alexander once shouted "piss off" to the Dutch press during a photo session. Nowadays he comes to agreements with the media on photo coverage of his family.

It is doubtful whether Queen Beatrix agrees that almost 100 percent of journalists are acting in good faith. She made international news in 1999 after saying at a Conference of Press Editors-In-Chief that "the lie rules" in the media.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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