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Saturday 20 December  
Robert Chesal and Joep Dohmen
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Hilversum, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

Radio Netherlands Worldwide and NRC Handelsblad win prize for investigative journalism

Published on : 19 November 2010 - 11:28pm | By RNW News Desk (Fanny Meanhout)
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Radio Netherlands Worldwide journalist Robert Chesal and his colleague Joep Dohmen from newspaper NRC Handelsblad have jointly won 'De Loep' (The Magnifying Glass), a prestigious annual prize for investigative journalism in the Netherlands and Flanders.

The two journalists were awarded the prize for their series of reports on child sex abuse at Catholic boarding schools in the Netherlands.

The close collaboration between Mr Chesal and Mr Dohmen was instrumental in bringing to light a large number of facts about child sex abuse in the Dutch Roman Catholic Church. The two investigative journalists were able to track down victims and other persons involved who often told highly personal and moving stories about child sex abuse at Dutch Catholic boarding schools.

Included in Mr Chesal’s research are the activities of Dutch priests in ‘missionary countries’ and former Dutch colonies. RNW’s Editor-in-Chief Rik Rensen said the jury "made the right decision".

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Lorenza Bacino 9 December 2010 - 5:21pm / UK

I am thrilled you got this. Wonderful news and very well done on bringing this issue to the fore. Not enough said and done about it. Congratulations

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Robert Chesal 23 November 2010 - 12:58am / Netherlands

Thank you very kindly, also on behalf of my colleague Joep Dohmen at NRC and all my fellow journalists here at RNW who have worked with me and let me bend their ear about this sad subject. It's not over yet, so stay tuned.

Ingrid de Vries 22 November 2010 - 11:16am / Holland

Congratulations for this deserved award!

Gerry 20 November 2010 - 4:01pm / USA

Great work on a very important subject. Well done. You deserve it. About the film above, nicely filmed, use of music however: cheeeeeeesy!

jasmin 20 November 2010 - 2:48pm / India

Great work, and great nesw! Congratulations!

momo 20 November 2010 - 7:45am / US

It is when you mix talent and hard work that you are able to produce work that is meaningful. This award is highly prestigous and the recipients were not only able to bring to light a horrific injustice, but they potentially saved many more victims from enduring continued psychological and physical suffering. Kudos!! My hat is off to you.

Shireen 20 November 2010 - 4:00am / USA


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