Thessa Lageman

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Den Haag, Netherlands

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Thessa Lageman

I am a Journalist, Copywriter, Content (Marketing) Writer, Photographer, Translator, Researcher, Fixer and Arabist. I write about a wide range of topics, including human rights, economy, migration, the environment, travel, culture and education. I write in Dutch and English.

​I have written for a wide range of clients, including media outlets, such as Al Jazeera English, BBC, The Atlantic's CityLab, Vice, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many Dutch publications, like De Volkskrant, De Correspondent, Elsevier and Het Parool.

I also do assignments for NGOs, like Amnesty International, Education Above All and the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (UNOHCHR), in addition to companies and government bodies, such as Facebook, content marketing agencies in different countries and the European Commission.

I often take photos accompanying my stories as well.

At the moment, I am based in The Hague, The Netherlands and often travel to other parts of the world. I have also lived in Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and Dubai. 

I studied Arabic languages and cultures (Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Radboud University Nijmegen) and Journalism (post-Master at Erasmus University Rotterdam). I also studied Photography at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam, and hold a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Before starting my current career, I worked as a travel author for the Dutch publisher ANWB Media and as a writer and editor specialising in academic research and education at Erasmus University Rotterdam. I've also worked at Amnesty International in Amsterdam, the Dutch embassy in Kuwait and the Iraqi embassy in The Hague.



The Dutch government, like its German and French counterparts, fears that Russia is trying to influence the upcoming election through hacking schemes and by spreading fake news. Thessa Lageman reports.


In The Hague, borrowed bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates knit immigrant communities together. It’s a sunny day in the Schilderswijk neighborhood in the Dutch city of The Hague. A custodian with long dreadlocks stands in front of his Haagse hopje on the Jacob van Campen square.


The forerunner of the bicycle - the laufmaschine or running machine - bears only a passing resemblance to the pedal-bikes we know today. Invented in 1817, it had no chain and was powered by the rider pushing his feet along the ground in a walking or running motion. Even more unusually, its frame was made from wood.


Creating a buzz: Using bees to pull people out of poverty


The cemetery of unknown refugees from the Mediterranean Hundreds of people have been buried outside Zarzis, Tunisia, after drowning while attempting to cross the sea.


I worked as a researcher/ fixer for this Dutch documentary about youth in Tunisia in 2016.


Life in Tunisia's closed refugee camp: 'I lost my mind' Years after UNHCR shut down Choucha refugee camp, dozens of people continue to struggle for survival in decrepit tents.


Unemployed Tunisians on hunger strike #Tunisia A group of long-term unemployed Tunisians went on a hunger strike last month under the motto ‘Work or die’


Probing the fate of Tunisia's missing migrants Commission to investigate what happened to 520 people who disappeared after illegally crossing to Italy.


Islamic State fears take hold in Netherlands Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.


Could Oman be next domino in Middle East's arc of instability?


Tunisian winemakers remain upbeat despite concerns

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