How do you treat someone with NPD

How the NPD treats journalists

Status: 09/13/2006 11 p.m. | archive


Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will elect a new state parliament next Sunday. So far, the election campaign has barely made headlines. Now, in the hot phase, the tide suddenly turns. Pollsters predict the NPD's entry into the state parliament. For years, journalists have been cautious with reports on the NPD and the right-wing scene: they shouldn't be given space, they shouldn't be given too much importance. Now the NPD is systematically trying to get a new image in the media: open-minded, friendly, peaceful. But the pictures speak a different language: journalists and citizens are violently attacked, the number of right-wing extremist crimes and violent crimes has risen in the past two years. Zapp on the attempt of the right to put themselves in the right picture.

A peaceful Saturday afternoon. An NPD team distributes leaflets: "Can I give you our campaign advertisement?" An old lady replies: "Yeah, let's take everything with us." For everyone a friendly "good day" on their lips, the NPD takes time for the people. And of course the press is allowed to show everything. Stefan Köster, NPD state chairman for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: "We have nothing to hide, insofar as we talk to you, we act as we are, insofar as we do not need to pretend what you make of it is not in our hands anyway. " A village festival for everyone. The NPD cultivates the neighborhood - staged closeness to the citizens. The top candidate Udo Pastörs is well behaved. Andrea Röpke, freelance journalist: "Of course you want to show the picture of the clean man, the wonderful honest man. You want to show German families, children's inflatables, they want to show how they run through the country in white starched blouses. Like Udo Pastörs, for example, the garbage Pick up in front of the barber shop and people should see that. Well, they should really see these clean men and not the neo-Nazis who have a criminal record, who beat them and for whom violence is a political tool. " Michael Schmidt, NDR Nordmagazin: "On the one hand you would like to get in the media and present yourself, on the other hand you don't want to be in with your true nature, of course, but with your beautiful face, yes, they are the ones who clarify the people's problems. So, and that of course also results in a certain attitude towards the media, according to the motto: You do what we say. "

"What you do is coercion"

NPD party congress. Journalists are not allowed to show everything here. A folder: "Would you please stop filming now. Otherwise I won't tell you how to go on." And later: "For the cameramen, I want the cameras inside to be switched on only when we are there and not when we go in. Yes, that already applies now." A few weeks ago. The NPD has invited to the big press festival. Not every journalist is allowed in here. The few are welcomed with warm words: "Of course we also thank those who are involuntarily here, especially the police, the demonstrators this afternoon and especially the media mafia. Thank you very much for being there!" And the press can say "Thank you very much" because the cameras are allowed to take these pictures. No other pictures, the folders take care of that. Journalist: "Can you leave us alone?" Folder: "What you do is coercion." Journalist: "Why? You are making us feel right now!" Folder: "Basically, you also know that you are being filmed all the time."

Hatred of the media

Open threats: "stroke of fate, no". Talks with the party base - also not desired. Folder: "I beg you to break off this, the interview, yes." The guards are always around, everyone here knows that. A visitor to the press festival: "I would like to say something now, but I am not allowed to say that because otherwise ..." The young man has finally learned who is standing in front of him: "No, I am not saying anything." The "enemy press". With the help of colorful booklets, the neo-Nazis learn how to deal with the media. Their slogans: "Warning: hostile television", "Journalists are assassins of the truth!", "Starve media maggots." and "I donkey still believe that there is a 'free press' in Germany!". Hatred of the media is systematically stoked.

Dangerous press for the NPD

Patrick Gensing also feels this hatred. At on the Internet, he often reports on right-wing extremism. But his reports are undesirable. On a right-wing extremist website, he is pilloried with a photo. Patrick Gensing, and NPD blogger: "Of course, through such actions as the publication of photos, journalists should also be outed and presented as fair game, so to speak. Only then, of course, you have to realistically assess the power of these people. That is Of course, an attempt and it should make you feel insecure, but ultimately there is still no right-wing terrorism in Germany and I also hope that it will stay that way. " Journalist Andrea Röpke is also familiar with these intimidation attempts. It provides background reports on the NPD and its environment. Like this youth camp (shown here). Even the little ones learn here that there is a driver's bunker. Dangerous press for the NPD: They hunt down the images. A colleague of Andrea Röpkes on a car chase: "He's totally aggressive, Andrea. He's crazy! He's getting out! Buttons down, buttons down, buttons down!" A little later: "Close, exactly. Wonderful!"

How to intimidate journalists

Andrea Röpke: "I think that Jürgen Rieger is significantly involved in this anti-press strategy. Well, the lawyer from Hamburg is the head of the German Legal Office and the legal office deals nationwide with how to deal with the press and how to exclude it How is it to be manipulated and, above all, to lead. In their interests. " When a camera is running, Rieger plunges into hand-to-hand combat. Jürgen Rieger, neo-Nazi, 1994: "I don't like people who earn their money by making other people bad. That includes you. That's why I'm not giving you an interview." (The journalist is jostled. The picture is blurred.) Andrea Röpke: "That means, Rieger has thought about whether you intimidate the journalists more, if you try to lead them, to dictate what they have to do and what not to do, then Of course, one wields a lot more power over them. " Jürgen Rieger to journalists: "You are disappearing now! You will be gone in two minutes, otherwise the camera will be confiscated. I'll tell you, will you?" Reporter: "First of all we can talk normally, okay?"

Fear of providing a platform for the right

For years, Rieger has found his fine picture in journalists. Jürgen Rieger: "Just wait and see: when the first reporter has been killed, the first judge has been killed, then you know it starts. Reporters, judges, policemen, you!" Andrea Röpke: "Of course, he wants to suggest to every little neo-Nazi and skinhead, however unimportant, that you have the press under control, you don't have to put up with anything and, if necessary, even attack them. You will then also get the lawyers, you gets our help. " Rieger's attacks: a role model for the right-wing scene. Stefan Köster: "The violence is then not exercised in such a way that we hurt someone seriously or in any way, but ultimately we just accept the legal law." The local reporter Michael Schmidt has been observing the NPD and its comradeship scene for years. Now that the elections are due, the media are reporting. But otherwise there is usually silence. Also out of fear of offering a platform to the right. Michael Schmidt: "So if I constantly ignore these extremists, this NPD, especially in the public service media, I naturally create a pitying effect, then those who vote for them feel positively strengthened."

"The viewer has a cold run down his spine"

Hubertus Buchstein, Professor of Political Science: "The journalists could have reported, for example, that the NPD is getting very little on the line when it comes to local politics. Without much research, they could have found out where the NPD was completely at the local political level, even according to its own claims fails. " Toralf Staud, author of the book "Moderne Nazis": "My experience is to portray and depict NPD people, impartially, but with a closer look, makes the NPD people feel very comfortable because they think, yes, exactly that's how I am. But the awake, the politically thinking observer, has a cold run down his spine. " Journalist: "What do you think, how does the NPD behave towards the press?" Interviewee: "Well, I guess that they are with open arms, that they are almost receiving the press." Next scene: Journalist: "Why? For what reason?" Folder: "Either you go voluntarily or we will help." Another folder yells: "Hands off, man!" (Then he holds the lens of the camera closed.)

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ZAPP | 09/13/2006 | 11:00 p.m.