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OSCE representative warns about impact on free media of criminal investigation of journalists in Germany


VIENNA, 4 August 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today said the launch of a treason investigation in Germany against the owner and a reporter for a website could harm reporting in the public interest.
“The threat of being charged with treason has a clear general chilling effect on journalists engaged in investigative reporting,” Mijatović said in a letter to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
On 24 July, the Federal Prosecutor General wrote informing owner and editor, Markus Beckedahl, and its journalist, André Meister, about the investigation into two articles published on 25 February and …read more

Source: OSCE

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