Dear readers and subscribers,
It is with much regret that we announce that Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) has decided to stop publishing the International Justice Tribune (IJT).
This sad decision was issued in the context of massive budgetary cuts faced by RNW on June 22. All future activities at RNW will be solely focused on young audiences in countries where free speech is under threat.
Due to these developments, we sincerely apologise for being unable to provide you with your usual four pages of information this week. We are currently working on a more important issue that will include the final parts of our “Dutch series”, to be published on July 18.
That issue (N° 155) is set to be the last one.
One and Only
Since its creation in 2004 – and since RNW took over the newsletter in 2009, IJT’s editors and correspondents have worked hard to provide a critical and analytical global perspective on trials and paralegal initiatives on war crimes and crimes against humanity. For the past eight years, IJT has been the only independent newspaper offering specialised journalistic coverage of international justice throughout the world.
We believe this coverage is both essential and complementary to the work of our core readership, composed of researchers, lawyers, journalists, political decision makers and human rights activists at national and international levels. We believe a rigorous and independent specialised newspaper is not only useful, but a condition for the healthy development of international justice. The steady increase in IJT’s readership over the years is proof of the needs it fulfils.
We believe that a free specialised press is essential to the main actors in the area of international justice both here and in the affected countries.
For these reasons we, the IJT’s editors, are now committed to seeking an imminent and sustainable solution for this non-costly project to survive in its present form.
We would like to respectfully ask you to fill in our online petition* and send us reasonable on urgent or long-term financial support.
Your support can make a tremendous difference. We suggest you spread this link virally on your blogs, Twitter and Facebook networks in the hope that with your help, the decision by RNW to stop publishing the IJT will have the most limited impact.
With kindest regards,
Arjen van Dijkhuizen, managing editor
Franck Petit, editorial coordinator and co-founder
Geraldine Coughlan, editor