Born of the Dutch Resistance, “The Watchword” has remained a left-wing paper, with the mainstay of its readership in Amsterdam. It won the European Newspaper Award in 2004. Het Parool is owned by the publishing house of PCM (Perscombinatie & Meulenhoff) and the Belgian media group Vlaamse Persgroep.
Its website features a selection of articles from the paper edition as well as special reports and commentary on current affairs. It also provides copious coverage of the cultural and culinary scenes in The Netherlands.