The Media Authority (CvdM) will not investigate the situation surrounding a documentary about outgoing Foreign Minister Kag (D66). There will be a broader investigation into the independence of news editors, as a result of the turmoil surrounding the VPRO documentary.
Last month, CvdM said an investigation into the documentary From Beirut to Binnenhof To consider after it became known that the State Department and the D66 had interfered in the liberalization process. From before no style The requested documents showed that their makers were interviewing Kag.
The supervisory board, which oversees compliance with the media law, now decides that an investigation into the creation of the program is not necessary. There appears to be no violation of the editorial independence that media law must guarantee, writes CvdM.
According to the organizer, the uproar caused by the news of the interference in the documentary is not alone. As more incidents occur, the commission is conducting an investigation into the independence of news editors. A similar study was already conducted in 2015.
CvdM will also soon publish a report on editorial laws, which establish agreements on editorial independence.
The NPO’s ombudsman concluded last week after his own investigation that the documentary filmmakers had made no major mistakes, but that they should have made stricter agreements about the scope of the edits.
VPRO itself is investigating the Kaag documentary.