Peter, Recently you had been at some event as a videographer and were surprised by the level of distrust or even animosity shown towards you. I stumbled upon this video and thought of your predicament. The first three minutes explain it perfectly. There only exists two types of popular media outlets; The tabloid,The political activist. Over the years I have been able to discern that you are a person of good-will and have never been able to articulate why I find your chosen profession surprising. I imagine you more as a documentary researcher than a street videographer. -Tim
You have made a very interesting topic over here. And I agree with you and this guy in the video to some extend. Do you know that I gained respect of that far right leader at the far right demonstration with his peoples nationalist followers (some call them neo-nazi's or fascists, but I don't label them like that, I call them like they call themselves and who they are). I gained the respect of this leader and rightwing radical leader, because I showed up dispite the hatred towards the media, my camera and my job as reporter. And I just showed his view in the interview without sensorship. Our regional and national colleages sensored his message. I gained his respect and trust somehow. I showed up, and filemd the demo and made a honest report about it. On the world and national stage it was a minor event, but with a few hundred very agitated, irritated, verbal aggressive and angry demonstrators it was quite an event for Arnhem, a city with 150 thousand citizens. Bo was right that the demo on an international level or even Euroepan level was not such an important event, but as part of the protests all over Europe it was. The Russian RT was present too. Dutch media asked themselves why it was so important for the Russians to invest in a demonstration somewhere in an Eastern-Dutch province in a provincial Dutch city in a rural subburb of it?
During elections a few years ago I fought with colleages to show all sides of the political spectrum, so also the far right NVU party of this leader. I have interviewed the national rightwing populist leader Geert Wilders when he visited my city and I interviewed his oponents of the counter demonstration. On christian politician of the christian party Christian Union once told me in the city council, you have a very important task as a journalist (I was a radio journalist who folowed the politics back then, today I am cameraman, editor and interviewer). She said: "You are the Fourth Force, and in a democracy you -the press and media- have to control and check the facts of us politicians." She was right. During that elections, also due to my debate with my colleages we showed all sides, from the far left, to the left, center left, local political (interest) parties, centre right, rightwing and far right parties. And ofcourse also the Christian Union of the female politician. I don't or we don't exclude anyone.
We have to be non-partisan, neutral, objective as journalists, but we can show the anger of citizens, interest groups and movements. And rightwing populism and nationalism is a fact of life in the Netherlands and Europe. The new conservatism, nationalism and populism is new in the Netherlands. We have to show it, analyse it and explain to our viewers why it exists and how it came to existence. The best way to do that is to just let these conservatives, nationalists and populist speak in front of the camera or in the radio studio. The Dutch and European society is very pluriform and divers and we have to show that diversity and what is going on in our society, politics and economy. Ofcourse I also interviewed and filmed migrants, refugees and Dutch Muslims.
An interview I did last Thursday with a Syrian refugee outside the refugee centre in Arnhem in a former prison called De Koepel
About the persecution of Gays and Lesbians by other refugees in refugee centres I spoke with a representative of the GLBT organisation COC
The far right demo with angry and concerned citizens, far right demonstrators and some Arnhem soccer Hooligans who are always searching for sensation
The first guy I interviewed here was the leader of the far right Dutch NVU, which is connectec to the Polish NOP, German NPD and Greek Golden Down.
Maybe your are right Tim, maybe I am more as a documentary researcher than a street videographer. Maybe I am working towards becomming one. I am known in my local tv station as a guy of content. Sometimes inpatient and not so interested in local folklore, daily news, because I am more interested in larger city projects, human stories, and viewpoints of entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, teachers, students, migrants/refugees, a far right leader of a Peoples Nationist Party, Geert Wilders PVV people and in contrast with that leftist unionists or members of the Socialist party. This interview is with a socialist Union woman who was put in jail injustly after a legal action for people with low incomes who were losing their job.
My job is being a cameraman, editor and interviewer for a local radio & tv station. I also am technical responsible for the TV department and to accompany and train new student trainee workplacements (4 people), cooperate with another cameraman, and am the cameraman for a cultural and historical program which I also edit.
War Museum in Arnhem with more German marterial than allied material