IFJ Mourns Former Honorary Treasurer Hans Verploeg

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today sent its condolences to the

family and colleagues of Hans Verploeg who passed away on 25 May after a

serious illness.

Hans

was General Secretary of the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten(NVJ), an

IFJ affiliate and served as Honorary Treasurer of the IFJ until 2001.

″The

death of our colleague Hans is a tragedy for his family and the journalists

community,″ said Aidan White, IFJ General

Secretary. ″Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.″

Hans

was 65 years old and spent 25 years in journalism with the NVJ which he left

five years ago. He took up the position of chairman of Free Voice and helped

create another organisation called Press Now. He combined these

responsibilities with other commitments to promote press freedom.

Since

joining the IFJ, he served on the Executive Committee where he passionately championed

the interests of journalists and the cause of press freedom. He took particular

interest in the safety of journalists, leading the efforts to raise funds for

humanitarian assistance to journalists and media staff in need around the

world.

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in 125 countries worldwide