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No advertising business with right-wing populists!

No advertising business with right-wing populists!

Last week, the Kölner Wochenspiegel published an eye-catching advertisement from the AfD Group in Cologne on its front page. "It is absolutely incomprehensible that a subsidiary of the DuMont publishing house offers a forum for self-portrayal in a prominent position to AfD of all people. The party has a more than dubious relationship to the freedom of the press and thus to the working basis of journalists," criticizes Peter Freitag, member of the board of the German Journalists' Union (dju) in ver.di Cologne-Bonn-Leverkusen.

"Journalists' job opportunities are repeatedly curtailed, for example at AfD party conferences. AfD officials and supporters denigrate our colleagues as a "lie press" and often there are even physical assaults on press representatives," Freitag describes. Representatives of the AfD in the Hochtaunuskreis had recently spoken of the need to storm publishers and broadcasters and drag employees onto the streets.

Against this background, it was unacceptable if advertising revenues were apparently more important than a clear commitment to freedom of the press. "With this behaviour, publishers are stabbing in the back those who defend this freedom of the press in their publications and who depend on the unqualified support of their work and clients," says Freitag.
The dju in ver.di Cologne-Bonn-Leverkusen calls on Rheinische Anzeigenblatt GmbH as well as the daily newspapers Kölnische Rundschau and Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger to refrain from doing business with AfD and other right-wing populist parties and groups in the future.