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PHILIPSBURG - The public prosecutor demanded 36 months with 6 months suspended and 2 years of probation against Juan L., owner of the Juan Bar in Cole Bay for ill-treatment, human trafficking and the illegal employment of eleven foreign women who ...

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Daily Herald threatens to go bust

THE HAGUE – The CDA wants the Dutch cabinet to take another look at possibilities to save the only print medium left in St. Maarten. The Daily Herald recently sounded the alarm in a letter to the Second Chamber, John Samson reports on Caribisch Netwerk .

A half year after the destruction inflicted by Hurricane Irma the Daily Herald threatens to go bust if it does not get a loan fast enough. Due to the collapsed economy the advertising revenue is insufficient to keep the newspaper alive.

The CDA joins the Socialist Party and D66, who expressed their concerns previously in a debate with State Secretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations). The parties were not satisfied with the reaction from the cabinet.

Knops said that he did not see any possibilities for the Dutch government to help the press in St. Maarten. “Before you know it you have a newspaper sponsored by the Netherlands and that is the last thing I want.”

Because the Herald sent an urgent letter to the Second Chamber, CDA-MP Joba van den berg wants a new reaction from Knops that includes solutions. “He could indicate options or indicate the way to go.”

“We find it important that the state secretary looks into this, because we know that the printed paper is very important over there. It is the only form of communication that reaches everyone.”

Editor-in-Chief Gordon Snow has been fighting for months for loans for the local media. The Netherlands has made €550 million available for the reconstruction of the island, but support for the media in St. Maarten is not part of that package.

Several weeks after Hurricane Irma the newspaper Today closed its doors. Editor-in-Chief Hilbert Haar and marketing manager Terrance Rey continue the work of Today online with the news web site .

Hilbert Haar

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