The Dutch word for newspaper, krant , is derived from the French courant (current) and the Spanish corantos , both of which mean "current" (as in current tidings).
Numerous additional gazettes were founded in Dutch cities in the following decades.
The editors of the various newspapers, even those published in the Malay and Javanese languages, steered clear of violations of Dutch press laws, which had been amended in 1856 to ensure the public order but were used to suppress criticism of the government (Hagen).
The invasion of the traditionally neutral Netherlands by Germany in World War II created upheaval in the Dutch newspaper world.
The Nazi occupation of west European countries provides a set of interesting case studies of officially sanctioned newspapers that published censored material and the simultaneous emergence of an underground press that served the resistance.