DCandidate for the Bundestag of the CDU of Thuringia, former head of the Constitutional Protection Office Hans-George Mason The allegations against the public service broadcasting caused a fierce response. The Association of German Journalists requested an “urgent apology” via Twitter over the weekend. Katja Mast, vice chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, believes that Maassen agrees with AfD’s tenor. This is “dilapidated and dangerous”. Former left-wing chairman Bernd Risinger stated that Mason does not belong to the Bundestag.
In an interview published on Thursday with the television broadcaster tv.berlin, Mason accused the public broadcaster of “manipulating opinions,” such as by ignoring facts and using “techniques.” “I think it is a shame that the regulatory authorities have not really corrected this public service broadcasting system in this regard and ensure that similar things do not happen again,” Maaßen said. He included the “NDR Investigation Committee” into the discussion.
“Tagesschau” defended himself
This North German Broadcasting (NDR) is responsible for “Tagesschau”, explained the CDU politician. “When you see that there is also a connection between’Tagesschau’ or people who work for public broadcasting services and’Tagesschau’ and left-wing and left-wing extremist scenes-then it is really worth investigating, even if some of his biographies accepted it. Test to see if these people have the personality traits that accompany “Tagesschau” through editing (…). “Maaßen is not more specific on this point.
NDR spokeswoman Barbara Jung announced in response to dpa’s request that “Tagesschau” “puts high demands on the objectivity and diligence of reporting.” She only follows news standards when choosing news. “Tagesschau” stands for balanced, understandable and fact-based news.
Dreyer: “Attack on Press Freedom”
The Federal State Broadcasting Commission also rejected the criticism. “We have a strong, free and diversified media landscape in Germany. Mason’s accusations are notorious and have only one goal: to shake the credibility of journalism, especially public broadcasting,” the chairman of the State Broadcasting Commission, Rhineland-Palatinate Said Maru Dreyer (SPD), head of the government of Ibaraki state. On Sunday, the German Press Agency. “This is an attack on freedom of the press. This is an important pillar of our democracy.”
Mason will run for an electoral district in southern Thuringia in the Bundestag election on September 26, which also includes the city of Suhl. Because of his position on the federal government’s refugee policy and other issues, he has been controversial.Politicians from the Social Democratic Party, the Green Party and the left have thrown CDU It is repeatedly recommended to use measures to fish on the right edge. SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil linked a critical tweet to the tv.berlin video on Twitter and wrote to the CDU chairman and prime minister candidate: “And Amin Rashet remained silent.”
Bernd Althusmann, Chairman of the CDU in Lower Saxony, said: “Maaßen has seriously harmed the party with a position we disagree with. It is unacceptable for him to ask reporters to take a “personality test”! If he wants to enter the basic values of the party in the Bundestag It makes no sense for Mr. Mason. He should look for another party. For us, freedom of the press is and will continue to be inviolable,” said Aldusmann of the New Osnabrück newspaper.