Netherlands Government and Media Profile

Netherlands Political Orientation

Netherlands - Government and Media - Right Center Bias - Social LiberalNetherlands Government and media country profile


Government Type: Parliamentary Democracy
Leader: Prime Minister Mark Rutte (2010, Third Rutte Government October 2017)
Political Party: The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)
Political Position: Center-Right

Press Freedom

MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: 92.00 – Excellent Freedom
World Press Freedom Rank:
Netherlands 6/180

According to Reporters Without Borders, “By international standards, the Dutch media remain stoutly independent.” However, extremist populist politicians have attacked the legitimacy of established media”; resulting in “online attacks, including death threats, against journalists and their families.” Further, in 2021, a journalist was murdered resulting in “The ongoing dangers of organized crime that have earned certain reporters police protection.”

Media Ownership and Government Analysis

The Government does not subsidize most of the media in the Netherlands, except for national public broadcasting organizations unique to the Netherlands. For more on the role of public broadcasters, please see here. In general, the Government has minimal direct control over the media outlets since most of them are privately owned and financed through advertising revenue, resulting in a corporate monopoly with “80 percent of the total circulation of 3m newspapers owned by two Belgian publishers – De Persgroep and Mediahuis.” There are three types of government funds available for the Media. These are the CoBo Fund, the Journalism Promotion Fund, and the Media Fund.

Although media in the Netherlands remains one of the freest globally, media independence is being threatened by increased violence against journalists resulting in government intervention to protect them.

Country Rating Methodology

Last Updated on May 13, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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