Freedom of Press in Europe


January 29, 2013

During more than 10 years, Marcel Vervloesem,  member of the direction board of our association ‘Werkgroep Morkhoven’ which is welknown for the revelation of the Zandvoort childporn case, has been prosecuted by the Belgian government.

Since 6 years he has an interdiction to talk the press.
Since 3 years he has an interdiction to meet the other members of the direction board of our association while these people were visiting him during 2 years every week in  prison where he was locked up after false complaints of some pedo-criminals.
Since 3 years he has an interdiction to work with assocations which are fighting child abuse.
During the first year of his liberation he had an interdiction to travel to other member-states of the European Union.
Since 3 years he has an interdiction to meet his own daughter and granddaughter.

On 17.12.2012 Vervloesem’s daughter received a death threath which was submitted to the police. The man who went the message with the death threat, was not arrested by police. Belgian Justice opened no investigation. The Belgian minister of Justice (Turtelboom, liberal party) and the Belgian minister of Home Affairs (Milquet, christian-democratic party) were not responding our complaints. Vervloesem’s daughter and granddaughter received for more than four weeks death threats. On a given moment Vervloesem’s daughter was even victim of a car attack. The Belgian ministers were written again but they didn’t respond. At the same time, all our skynet-blogs were encrypted during more than 4 weeks and all their webpages were removed from the internet. So it was clear that this was a planned action and some Belgian authorities which covered the Zandvoort case by accusing Marcel Vervloesem, were involved in it again.

When Marcel Vervloesem was liberated from prison on the aforementioned conditionel grounds in 2010, the members of the direction board of our association were also threathened with death during several weeks. As was the case with the death threats during the past 4 weeks, we received every night phones with death threats which we complained to the Brussels police.

At the beginning of last year (2012), Marcel Vervloesem was again accused of ‘sexual abuse’. As was the case in 1998, when the Zandvoort childporn case was international news, it was done by means of a story in the local edition of the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
After Vervloesem was called a ‘dangerous repeat offender’, he was locked up in prison. At the same time his granddaughter was threathened with death. The death threat came from the a criminal that is also involved in the recent death threats.
He was not arrested.
We wrote also to the Belgian minister of Justice who appointed a magistrate from the Court of Turnhout (where the Zandvoort case was covered up) as her chief of cabinet. We are still waiting for her answer.
It is clear that these criminals don’t act alone and that they are protected by Belgian justice.

We wrote also about it all to Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, who is coming up for ‘more press freedom in Europe’. We are waiting for her answer.
On a European Parliament Seminar on ‘Media Freedom in the EU Member States’ past year, Neelie Kroes stated: ‘To be clear: I follow developments in other Member States as well. Very recently, a Greek extreme-right party made death threats against a Greek journalist. I am very concerned about such threats – I denounce them. These incidents show that, apart from being concerned over protection of journalists’ sources, although clearly very important, we have to think harder about how to protect journalists themselves – and anyone who uses his right to speak up – from physical or verbal violence.’

We wrote also the members of the European Parliament which are politically responsible for the respect of the human rights in Europe.

We are starting now to write to the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association and to all the international organisms, press agencies, embassies, consulates, and so on.

Some years ago, Gina Bernard-Pardaens, a journalist of the Belgian television channel RTBF who was searching with Marcel Vervloesem for the German boy Manuel Schadwald who disappeared in the youth prostitution, was threathened with death during several months.
Her phone line (Belgacom, owner of our skynetblogs) was constantly sabotaged.
Her son was victim of a car-attack but fortunately he was not wounded.
Some weeks before her death, Belgian Justice interrogated Gina on a very intimidating way about Manuel Schadwald.
Some days after she had written a farewell letter, she was murdered in a so called ‘car-accident’. (In the Dutroux case, about 30 witnesses were murdered in so called ‘accidents’.

Marie France-Botte who is well-known for her work about child abuse, was also continuously bullied and prosecuted by Belgian Justice that acts as a murderous state organization and that has strong ties with the mafia.

Jan Boeykens, president of Werkgroep Morkhoven


Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission
European Parliament Seminar on Media Freedom in the EU Member States
Brussels, 8 May 2012

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Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission

“European Charter on Freedom of the Press”

The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association – supervisory body
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Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
2. No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State.

Freedom of association is guaranteed at the European level in article 12 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Constitution of Belgium – The Belgians and their rights
Article 19 guarantees the freedom of speech by stipulating that everyone has the right to express his or her opinion freely.
Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees the freedom of the press and stipulates that censorship can never be established. Article 26 protects the freedom of assembly by determining that everyone has the right to gather peaceably and without arms. Article 27 guarantees the freedom of association.
The Belgians enjoy also the rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Zandvoort case and the scandal of Marcel Vervloesem detention on BFM-TV (English, French, Italian)

Zandvoort case – prisons of shame

Photo: Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission

Press Freedom in Europe: Letter to Francisco José MILLÁN MON


European Parliament
Mister Francisco José MILLÁN MON
Rue Wiertz
Altiero Spinelli 12G302
B-1047 Brussels

Brussels, January 22, 2013

Dear Sir,

Subject: “Recommendations for greater press freedom in Europe ‘

I read in an article entitled ‘Recommendations for greater press freedom in Europe “of 21 January 2013, Member States of the EU membership, should be assessed on their press.

Furthermore, in all EU countries independent media organs should be allowed to punish the media when they have gone wrong.

The proposals are part of the 30 recommendations for more media freedom in Europe of a research group which, at the request of Commissioner Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda), drafted  a report .

This report was presented in Brussels on January 21th, 2013, (yesterday).

,, We must urgently need a debate on media freedom in Europe,” said Kroes, who was pleased with the report  and said  ,, This is not only Brussels matter.”

Kroes herself would also will look at what is in its power to promote freedom of the press.

“Media freedom is an essential pillar of European democracy,” the report said.

May I draw your attention to the following note regarding ‘ press freedom in Europe’ and the encrypting of all our blogs because they would be “inappropriate”, please ?

After our complaints, almost all the web pages of these blogs about prisoners’ rights; patients’ rights; press freedom; the rights of the Palestinian people; the history of colonization; the weapon- and oilindustries; national and international politics and so on…  were removed from the internet while our association is not at all  a far-right organization that preaches hatred.

Awaiting your reply,

Yours faithfully,
Jan Boeykens
Faiderstraat 10
1060 Sint-Gillis (Brussels)
President of the Morkhoven Group


January 10, 2013

Zandvoort case: Belgian State Security removes 20 blogs from the internet

The website ‘SOS BAMBINI’ of the Belgian association ‘Werkgroep Morkhoven’ that is well-known  for fighting the childporn rings (Temse-Madeira, Zandvoort childporn case,) , was removed from Google.

On 23.12.2012, all the blogs of Werkgroep Morkhoven were for an unknown reason encrypted by Belgacom/skynet which is for 53% statesowned.

There came no response to the complaints of Werkgroep Morkhoven to the Customer Service of Belgacom/Skynet.

The complaint of the Werkgroep to the Belgian Telecommunications Service was accepted and Belgacom/Skynet has now two months to explain what happened (while the thousands of webpages of the blogs are slowly disappearing from the search engines. (Google, Yahoo,).

The Werkgroep believes that the Belgian State Security is involved in this case.

Immediately after the mysterious encryption, the 14-year-old granddaughter of Marcel Vervloesem was threatened with death and yesterday there was an assassination attempt on his daughter.

The justice of Turnhout which covered the Zandvoort child pornography case, does nothing to stop the death threats.

Werkgroep Morkhoven has written now to the Belgian Minister of Justice, A. Turtelboom, which appointed attorney Jan Poels of the court of Turnhout ,as chief of her office.

The telephone messages with death threats came from the GSM of the named Victor V.,  the man that accused Marcel Vervloesem of ‘pedophilia’ some years ago.  He organized also a media campaign against the activist which lasted more than 10 years.

Victor V. is a member of the board of the Flemish Socialist Party (sp.a) from the city of Herentals where the mayor of the town, Jan Peeters, is chairman.

After his complaint and his media-campaign against Marcel Vervloesem, Victor V. was unconditional supported by the Socialist Party and Jan Peeters.

He was appointed as executive member of the social center of the town of Herentals.

In 2006, after Marcel Vervloesem conducted a hunger strike in prison, he was appointed to municipal councilor of the city and Chairman of the Committee on Safety and Police.

He represents the city in two intermunicipal companies. He is a board member of the social housing company ‘Geelse Huisvesting’ and he is now a board member of the committee of the local police which is chaired by Peeters.

While they are 20 official reports of sexual offenses against boys about Victor V. and he is surrounded by all kinds of criminals of different ages who all have a criminal record (even for armed robbery), mayor Peeters is a senator.  In the 90s he was also Secretary of State and Minister for Security Affairs. He certainly still has contacts with the Belgian State Security that leads the cover up operation in the Zandvoort case and played an important role in covering the shocking Dutroux case. The Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (Socialist Party) who was called  in a sexual affair with a minor some years ago, was at the same time Deputy Prime Minister.  And it might be a coincidence, Elio Di Rupo was also formerly Minister of Telecommunications.  In that function, he signed a cooperation agreement of the Internet service providers (such as Belgacom/Skynet) with Justice.

In 2005, there was circulating a small petition in Victor V’s neighborhood.  It demanded to put Marcel Vervloesem from his house of the Geelse Huisvesting (what meanwhile happened) and to remove the Werkgroep Morkhoven of the Internet.  The petition, signed by some criminal friends of Victor V., was even discussed in the municipal council of the town of Herentals and mayor Peeters agreed with the proposals.

In 2007 a young lawyer of the city of Gent, a daughter of a well-known lawyer who was councilor of the city of Gent (sp.a), demanded to remove the Werkgroep Morkhoven from the search engine ‘Metatele’ (what was done).  Her friend who is good friends with the designer of the Belgacom/Skynet blogs, launched a provocative campaign whereby he called Marcel Vervloesem a ‘dirty pedophile who had to be castrated’.  About the cover operation of the Zandvoort child pornography case, he kept silent.

Werkgroep Morkhoven rapported about it on its skynetblogs.The man immediately submitted a complaint to Belgacom/Skynet which encrypted two blogs of Werkgroep Morkhoven because ‘violation of privacy’. One of these blogs was ‘Doofpot Justitie’ (Cover up Operation Justice) which was very popular at that time.

The Werkgroep had no right of defense themselves.

So it’s no surprising that the blogs were all now encrypted on the same way and that the Customers Service of Belgacom/Skynet doesn’t answer the complaints.

In the past, the RTBF journalist Gina Bernard-Pardaens, who worked with Marcel Vervloesem around the German boy Manuel Schadwald which has disappeared, received numerous (telephone) death threats and was interrogated and intimidated by Justice.

During several months she had problems with her internet- and phone line without that Belgacom could solve it or could find the telephone number of the anonymous threatener so that he would have been stopped.

After she had written a farewell letter and some hours after Werkgroep Morkhoven’s president tried her to call,  she was murdered (officially it was called a ‘car accident’).

During the phone, there was so much noise on the line that it was impossible to talk. Werkgroep Morkhoven sometimes heard the same sound on its (Belgacom) phone line during its actions.

Jan Boeykens wrote often about it to Belgacom’s direction, but never received an explanation.