Germany: ‘Decapitating’ Freedom of the Press?

Germany: ‘Decapitating’ Freedom of the Press?

by Stefan Frank • July 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

  • If it was indeed the authorities’ plan to censor the news and keep the information of the beheading under wraps, then it backfired. Due to the reports about the raid, thousands of people have seen the video, and hundreds of thousands have heard about the botched censorship attempt.
  • Hamburg’s government is still trying to conceal the beheading. Among other things, they [the AfD
    party] wanted to know whether the child had been beheaded. The administration — in breach of its constitutional duty — refused to answer. It also censored the questions by blacking out whole sentences.
  • Why the beheading should be kept a secret is anyone’s guess. What has become clear is how easily authorities in Germany can censor the news and punish bloggers who spread undesired information. They have a vast toolbox of laws at their disposal. It does not seem to bother them that the law invoked in this case stipulates explicitly that it shall not be applied to the "reporting of contemporary events."

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12618/germany-press-freedom

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