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Contrary to the state Treaty : a Pro-brown coal Association, RBB alleges biased reporting

Whether forest clearance of the hambach forest, fine dust, speed limit, energy transition or the topic of Migration - is one of the accusations of biased reporting, almost to the accompanying music of the press, radio, and especially television, the public broadcasters and their information programs. The most recent example: The Association "Pro Lausitz brown coal" with the reporting of the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) on the occupation of two brown coal surface mines criticised on Monday as tendentious.

To please the broadcasting Board of RBB to test the extent to which the editorial and Moderation of the contribution of the news programme "Brandenburg negotiated Current", "here is in contradiction to the RBB inter-state Treaty," wrote the Association on Tuesday in an open letter to the Board.

According to the Association dominate in the contribution clearly, the arguments of the activists. "The basic tone" of the report stand in stark contradiction to the fact that the so-called activists, the law was broken, wrote the Association.

criticism of the action, feel, hardly, instead, a Green-members of Parliament will be "an extensive speech devoted to the linearized with the law breakers, solid". Overall, the contribution of the "a sympathy and commitment come with the offenders and a rebuff to the Lusatian citizens," wrote the authors of the letter.

the transmitter for carrying the opposite of the RBB inter-state Treaty not to be a free individual and public formation of opinion. In addition, the RBB does not take into account in a balanced and reasonable way, the diversity of existing opinions and was in breach of the order to an objective and comprehensive Overview of the region-related to Happen.

the "heute-journal" aware of the allegations

The RBB rejects these allegations. A contribution on the occupation would have been incomplete, a spokesman for the station, if not also about the motives of the occupiers, would be reported, as well as on the character of the occupation. "The statements of the tamper in the piece directly to the content of the opposite, for a detailed evaluation of the mining company."

The ruling, the Green party politician does not stand alone, but is accompanied by a note on the criticism of the CDU and the Left and, in the first post of the subsequent message block, of the critical statements of Prime Minister Woidke to the action.


Not an isolated case. Also the ZDF-"heute-journal" know as a current news magazine for a public broadcaster, allegations of biased and / or not to report "neutral", says Katharina Wilms, Deputy editorial Director.

First of all, a complaint or critical letter was of course a legitimate one, and started with each individual, often the is also a good way to reflect on yourself. "But increasingly, we notice that the charges are aggressive. Some viewers tends to us a lack of objectivity to blame, because he wants to mainly have his opinion of us.“ Since critical journalism'm going to do with the state of television, opinion or bias.“ In this case, the range of topics is wide-ranging. Climate change, migration policy, Diesel-limits are of course far ahead, but basically it relates to each topic.

it doesn't have to always come to the Extreme. "The number of formal program complaints involving a possible violation of the state Treaty, is gone ,ARD-aktuell' in the past year," says Kai Gniffke, chief of ARD current ("Tagesschau", "days topics") .

"Generally we see criticism of our reporting, as a piece of media literacy of our audience. Constructive criticism can help us, to be used for certain aspects of our reporting, more sensitive and ultimately better." On controversial topics such as flight, climate change, populism, or the middle East were the most. "Here, there is always the charge that we overstate certain aspects or to a little treat. "The vast majority of our audience, the show all qualitative studies, is in our reporting very satisfied and the trust in the brand ,Tagesschau' has increased since 2017."

it's not, trust in "Brandenburg aktuell" probably the only time when, according to the Association "Pro Lausitz brown coal". Keyword reports on the subject of Coal phase-out. However, anyone looking at the report in the library, can't follow the club.

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The basic charge, the RBB reporting on the development of the open pit is one-sided and tendentious, lack after Conviction of the sender of the authorization, the RBB-speaker. The RBB portray all the facets of the topic, most recently in the special broadcast, and a documentary "a future without coal," on Tuesday with a report on the industrial Park "Schwarze Pumpe". So emerging in the overall program balance , in this balance, the report on the occupation.

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