At the Chemnitz demonstrations aggression against journalists has reached a new intensity. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) condemns most strongly every single one of the attacks.
(Leipzig) "Reporters, camera operators and photographers who are professionally reporting on demonstrations and riots are doing their jobs in a democratic state. We call for a swift and thorough investigation by the police and prosecution of all cases where journalists were hindered in their work, attacked and injured," says Lutz Kinkel, Managing Director of the ECPMF.
In recent days, numerous media workers at the Chemnitz demonstrations have been attacked verbally and physically. Journalists including ECPMF’s Jane Whyatt, who was observing on the spot, report a new quality of sheer hate against media representatives. A camera operator from the public service TV channel MDR was pushed down a flight of stairs.
The abusive term "Lügenpresse" (lying press) has been used by right-populist demonstrators against journalists in general since 2015 and dates back to the Nazi era. „It shouldn't be understood as a criticism of the media“, adds Kinkel. "That would make a vulgar term of abuse into something more important."
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