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Thursday, 7 February 2013 08:56

WILLEMSTAD — Caribbean Network, a new news source and collaboration with various local media, went online today. In the Netherlands, the Caribbean Network supplies media contributions to the programs of the Dutch public broadcasts, such as the NTR and the NOS. Caribbean Network is a production of the NTR.The website offers news, current events and backgrounds on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten and the Caribbean community in the Netherlands. “With a small network of local journalists we follow the developments on the six islands of the Dutch Kingdom. The network also follows the Antillean and Aruban community in the Netherlands and the political decision process in The Hague that has consequences for the six islands and/or the Caribbean community in the Netherlands. Caribbean Network is independent”, said Jean Mentens, Caribbean coordinator of the website.


Caribbean Network produces Dutch radio reports, news reports and articles that are distributed via local media partners on the six Caribbean islands. “The website of Caribbean Network functions as the central location for the partners to find the contributions. They are allowed to use these for their own medium if they meet the conditions agreed. For now, these partners are the Amigoe, The Daily Herald and Dolfijn FM.” Mentens reported that the website is online now but that the official launching will follow.

Besides Mentens, the editorial staff of Caribbean Network consists of Jamila Baaziz (coordinator in the Netherlands), Belkis Osepa (Bonaire), Natasja Gibbs (Curaçao), Ariën Rasmijn (Aruba), Andrew Dick (St. Maarten) and John van Kerkhof (Saba and St. Eustatius).