MEETER, Eillert


MEETER, Eillert
(1818–1862). Journalist. Meeter severely criti cized the lack of democratic control of the government in the 1840s. Because of libel and violation of the laws on the press, he was sentenced to prison on several occasions. He edited several small rad ical periodicals such as the Tolk der Vrijheid [Mouthpiece of Free dom; Groningen, 1839–1840] and Ooyevaar [Stork; The Hague, 1845–1846]. He took refuge in England, where he published his memoir Holland: Its Institutions, Its Press, Kings and Prisons (1857).
   See also Censorship.

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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