Vrij Nederland

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Vrij Nederland (Free Netherlands) is a Dutch magazine which was established during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II as an underground newspaper but has since grown into a magazine. The weekly magazine is generally considered to be intellectually left-wing. It is conventionally considered to be one of the four most influential written media in its sector, along with HP/De Tijd, De Groene Amsterdammer and Elsevier.

The first issue was published on 31 August 1940. The chief editors have included:

  • H.M. van Randwijk, Mathieu Smedts (1955–1969)
  • Rinus Ferdinandusse (1969–1996)
  • Joop van Tijn (1991–1997)
  • Oscar Garschagen (1998–2000)
  • Xandra Schutte (2000–2004)
  • Gerard van Westerloo (interim)
  • Emile Fallaux (15 March 2005)
  • Frits van Exter (2004–)

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