13 Sep. 2021 17:51
Due to accompanying protest actions, there was apparently an irritable mood among the police there during the large auto fair in Munich. According to various reports, she arrested several journalists on the premises. These are now defending themselves against the procedure.
After an incident at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Munich, four journalists filed a lawsuit against the Free State of Bavaria before the administrative court there Editorial network Germany citing the German Union of Journalists (DJU) reported.
The DJU, which is part of the Verdi service union, said in a press release on Monday that the journalists were taken into custody by the police on Thursday, September 9, after a check on the grounds of the IAA. The DJU emphasizes that the press representatives had already been checked at the entrance, duly accredited and had presented their press cards.
Only after an organizer intervened and declared that all areas of the fair were accessible to media representatives did the police release the journalists at the prisoner collection point. Monique Hoffmann, managing director of the DJU, explained:
“This serious restriction of the freedom of the press is unacceptable. It cannot be acceptable for a police authority to treat accredited journalists with press cards as criminals.”
The Munich police have stated that showing a press card does not exclude a holistic police control. The DJU representative sees it differently and criticizes:
“But it would have been possible without any problems to check the accreditation with a glance at the tickets or to contact the organizer. It would have been immediately clear that the colleagues were of course allowed to work on site.”
The lawyer Dr. Jasper Prigge, who represents the journalists in the proceedings against the Free State of Bavaria, stated that the plaintiffs want to have the illegality of the measures established. The lawyer emphasizes:
“Deprivation of liberty and searches are serious encroachments on fundamental rights, especially against representatives of the press.”
The police are particularly bound by the principle of proportionality.
“Since the Munich police show no insight, they will now have to explain the legal basis for their action to the administrative court.”
On Saturday she had Time reported that the police were a freelance journalist TAZ for several hours because he allegedly participated in the occupation of an empty house by activists. The police spoke of trespassing.
The journalist was released after three hours. Before that, however, he had been given an address to threats and a ban on entering all event areas of the auto show, such as the TAZ reported. However, the police later lifted the ban. The editor-in-chief of TAZ stood behind their freelancers. Representatives of the press have the right to accompany activists during protests and to document them.
It is not known whether the two incidents involve the same journalists.
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