Dutch local broadcaster refuses police internet list

9th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Gelderland's regional broadcaster refuses to give police details of people who have provided anonymous information about a suspected murderer.

GELDERLAND – The province of Gelderland's regional broadcaster, Omroep Gelderland, is refusing to hand over to the police details of people who have used its internet site.

The police want a list of people who have responded to reports about the unsolved murder known as the Posbank murder.

When internet users access a site, they leave behind an IP address through which their computer can be traced. The broadcaster's editor-in-chief, TonMallo, says the information is protected as a journalistic source, and should not be revealed.

In 2003, a jogger was found dead in his burnt-out car in the Posbank nature reserve north of Arhem, in Gelderland in the east of the country. The police are holding a suspect, and Omroep Gelderland's website received anonymous information about him from local people.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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