FOUNDATION OF THE “NEDERLANDSCH CORRESPONDENTIEBUREAU VOOR DAGBLADEN”, THE DUTCH PRESS AGENCY FOR NEWSPAPERS
Few families were so prominently present in Dutch journalism as the Jewish family Belinfante in Den Haag. The Belinfantes were a well known Sephardic family with a long line of journalists. In 1844 they started to work together with the sephardic Vas Dias family, also from a line of journalists. In 1869 the two families founded the ‘Nederlandsch Correspondentiebureau voor Dagbladen’, the Dutch press agency for newspapers. This ‘Correspondentiebureau’ dominated Dutch parliamentary journalism until around 1900. With the establishment in 1934 of the ‘ANP’, the general Dutch press agency, the Correspondentiebureau had to close. Mr. Johan Jacob Belinfante (1874-1947), was the last director of the Correspondentiebureau as well as the first director of the ANP in Den Haag.