European Federation of Journalists

EFJ condemns attacks against journalists in Germany

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joins its affiliates in Germany, the dju in ver.di and the Deutscher Journalisten-Verband (DJV) in condemning attacks against several media houses including die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Frankfurter Rundschau, the ARD Hauptstadt Büro by groups of the Identitäre Bewegung (IB, Identitarian Movement) this morning.

A journalist was physically attacked in front of the media building of the TAZ in Berlin while trying to prevent a group of men and women of the Identitäre Bewegung (IB) to attach posters against left wing violence at the wall of the media house. The Identical movement (IB) is a extreme right wing group specialising on racist propaganda activities, established in France in 2012. It expanded quickly to other European countries including Austria and Germany.

Throughout Germany several media houses and facilities of political parties were attached with posters.

“This concerted attack shows how threatening the situation for our colleagues is. for press freedom in Germany this means at least alarm level yellow: There is an urgent need of action of all participating forces,” said Cornelia Berger, General Secretary of dju in ver.di.

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