German State Media Refuse to Run Migrant Murder Story, Say It's 'Too Regional'Chris Menahan
Dec. 05, 2016
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A German state broadcaster refused to report on the murder of 19-year-old Maria Ladenburger by a 17-year-old Afghan migrant because her killing "was no different to other isolated murders."
From The Daily Express:
A MAJOR news programme has caused outrage for refusing to report on the arrest of a migrant over the murder of a German teenage girl because the story was "too regional" - despite making headlines around the world.
The 19-year-old medical student volunteered part-time with a migrant charity but it is unknown whether she knew her attacker.
[...]The furious reaction forced Tagesscahu editor-in-chief Dr Kai Gniffke to release a statement defending the programme's decision.
He added “every murder is terrible” but said “we rarely talk about specific crime cases…This is the equivalent of a family saying they're not going to discuss the murder of their own daughter because other murders happen elsewhere in the world. The story is massive news because it was a foreigner killing one of our own. A foreigner shown nothing but kindness and taken in foolishly with open arms.
This insanity is straight out of a recently leaked "checklist" given to journalists in neighboring Austria detailing how to report, or misreport on migrant crime.
Diversity Macht Frei shared a translation of the Austrian Press Council's "code of practice":
The Press Council has put together a "checklist" to serve as a guide to the media when reporting on the topic of refugees. This is discussed "emotionally and controversially" in the population but also in the media. The list is intended to enable "self-reflection" but also to offer a "practical orientation aid", according to the self-monitoring body of the press.
Have I checked whether information that could stir up prejudices could be left out, without changing the meaning and truth content of the story or impairing the understanding of the readers?Rather than report the news, you must act as an advocate on behalf of criminal foreigners and hide the reality of the crimes they commit so as not to "stir up prejudices."
The fact of the matter is these migrants commit crime at hugely disproportionate rates when compared to Europeans. As Norwegian police chief Thomas Utne Pettersen said earlier this year, "People's xenophobia in relation to this group is highly rational and justified."
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