Welcome to the Foreign Press Association!
Over the last decade, the Netherlands has become increasingly interesting as a posting for foreign journalists. The country does more than just play host to many international organizations like the ICC, ICJ, ICTY, Europol and the OPCW. This small and crowded nation also plays a more and more prominent role in Europe as an active player in efforts to solve the financial and migrant crises. The full news agenda is set against an attractive backdrop of Dutch historical and artistic riches. This is the country of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer and it still has a high level of performing arts at theatres and concert halls in all major cities, and some minor ones. Each year, more than 13 million tourists come to see what “Holland” has to offer.
Founded in 1925, the BPV-FPA is the pre-eminent non-governmental organization representing international journalists in the Netherlands. Our association offers orientation and networking opportunities for its members, who are drawn from more than 30 countries. Frequently we organize news making and educational events that bring members exclusively together with political, business, and other (opinion) leaders. Just as importantly, we stand up for the professional interests of foreign correspondents regarding their news and information gathering activities, which have become increasingly important in the era of ‘media explosion’. We focus on the joint interests of journalists, but we also support individual members enforcing freedom of gathering information.
My message is pure and simple: If you are a member, join our meetings and activities. If you are not yet a member, become one and join a network of professional colleagues. And if you think you have relevant information for the foreign correspondents, don’t hesitate to approach us!.