Dutch minister denies backing activist magazine

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Environment minister Jacqueline Cramer says she does not recall signing a statement supporting activist magazine Bluf in 1986.

27 August 2008

THE HAGUE -- Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer has distanced herself from the activist magazine Bluf which she apparently supported in 1986.

About 200 prominent figures signed a statement backing the magazine, which had published stolen documents. Among them was Cramer, then the chairperson of Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

The minister says she does not recall signing the statement, and points out that the signature contains two spelling errors.

Bluf has been the subject of controversy because it published the names and addresses of six senior civil servants involved in Dutch nuclear power activities along with a call to its readers to "disturb their rest, they're disturbing the environment". The civil servants were threatened and intimidated and one of them had several windows smashed in.

This led to the recent resignation of GreenLeft MP Wijnand Duyvendak, who was heading the magazine at the time.

The right-wing Freedom Party says it will call Cramer to account for her support for the magazine in next week's parliament session.

The conservative VVD has called on Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to make a statement.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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