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Der Spiegel: Leading German Papers Barred from Upcoming Neo-Nazi Trial

“Nein!”: Pres­i­dent of the High­er Region­al Court Munich Karl Huber at a press con­fer­ence

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COMMENT: For months, we’ve high­light­ed the bur­geon­ing scan­dal sur­round­ing the “inves­ti­ga­tion” (read “cov­er-up”) of the neo-Nazi Nation­al Social­ist Union–the lat­est Ger­man fas­cist group to oper­ate with appar­ent assis­tance from the author­i­ties.

The ven­er­a­ble Der Spiegel informs us that a “raf­fle” award­ing press seat­ing to the upcom­ing tri­al of one of its mem­bers has man­aged to exclude many of the Fed­er­al Repub­lic’s cred­i­ble and best known pub­li­ca­tions.

Com­ing fresh on the heels of the (appar­ent­ly delib­er­ate and sys­tem­at­ic) exclu­sion of Turk­ish media from the tri­al, this maneu­ver can only height­en sus­pi­cion that the pow­ers that be in the Fed­er­al Repub­lic do NOT want the truth to emerge.

This gam­bit is also note­wor­thy in that it strong­ly sug­gests that the Ger­man pub­lic opin­ion is wor­ri­some to that coun­try’s pow­er bro­kers. 

It appears that the truth about the Third Reich, its influ­ence on the Fed­er­al Repub­lic, and the links between the Under­ground Reich and that coun­try’s secu­ri­ty ser­vices remains eclipsed for most Ger­man cit­i­zens.

“Top Papers Left Out: Court Faces Fresh Trou­ble Over Press Seats”; Der Spiegel; 4/30/2013.

EXCERPT: The Munich court where the NSU neo-Nazi ter­ror tri­al is due to start on May 6 faces fresh con­tro­ver­sy over media accred­i­ta­tion after sev­er­al major Ger­man news­pa­pers failed to obtain seats in a lot­tery of press pass­es. It was the sec­ond attempt to allo­cate seats after Turk­ish media had been left out in the first round.

The Munich court over­see­ing the biggest neo-Nazi tri­al in Ger­man his­to­ry on Mon­day faced new com­plaints over its media accred­i­ta­tion process when lead­ing Ger­man news­pa­pers failed to obtain pass­es for the 50-seat press gallery.

The court post­poned the start of the tri­al from its orig­i­nal date on April 17 to sort the prob­lem out after the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court, respond­ing to a com­plaint from a Turk­ish news­pa­per, ordered it to allo­cate seats to for­eign jour­nal­ists.

In an attempt to be com­plete­ly fair, it decid­ed to raf­fle the press pass­es. The ven­er­a­ble Frank­furter All­ge­meine Zeitung, and anoth­er nation­al broad­sheet, Die Welt, failed to get press accred­i­ta­tion in the lot­tery con­duct­ed on Mon­day. Die Tageszeitung, anoth­er well-known Ger­man news­pa­per, also failed to get a seat.

All three said on Mon­day they were con­sid­er­ing legal action against the allo­ca­tion. Pub­li­ca­tions that obtained seats in the raf­fle includ­ed less­er known news­pa­pers such as local paper Hal­lo Munich and wom­en’s mag­a­zine Brigitte. . . .

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