Austrian Interior Ministry attempts to restrict freedom of press

The intention of the Austrian Interior Ministry to restrict communication to “critical media” has been revealed in an email leaked to the press on Tuesday 25 September. In the four pages email, top ministry spokesman Christoph Pölzl, explicitly demanded regional police to “restrict communication with these media to only the most necessary (legally required) degree”. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its affiliate in Austria, GPA-djp and Younion, in condemning this attack on press freedom. The media labeled as “critical” include the dailies Der Standard and Kurier as well as the weekly Falter. According to the Ministry, they have “operated…

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   Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten, Druck, Journalismus, Papier Address Alfred Dallinger Platz 1 1034 Vienna, Austria President Vice-President Eike-Clemens Kullmann – e-mail: dagmara(dot)sperska(at)gpa-djp(dot)at Gregor Kucera Phone +43 050 301 21 480 Email service(at)gpa-djp(dot)at Contact person judith.reitstaetter(at)gpa-djp(dot)at Website www.gpa-djp.at       younion _ Die Daseinsgewerkschaft Address z.Hd.Herrn Thomas Kattnig Maria-Theresien-Strasse, 11 A-1090 Wien Oesterreich President Chairman: Ing. Christian Meidlinger General Secretary: Alexander Leitner Phone +431 31316 Email international(at)younion(dot)at Contact person Thomas Kattnig, member of the Federal Executive Board, thomas.kattnig(at)younion(dot)at Website www.younion.at