You have to stick to principles. The "Tagesschau", Germany's most watched TV news, would disappear into the crowd without news without such rules. One of these principles states that the "Tagesschau" is not reported on individual criminal cases, this is reserved for "socially, nationally and internationally relevant events". This wrote "Tagesschau" editor in chief Kai Gniffke in December 2016, after the ARD news program was massively criticized for not reporting on the murder of a student in Freiburg, who – as the court later discovered – was committed by an Afghan refugee.
On this Saturday Gniffke was again urged to respond to criticism. The station had different public response & # 39; got it, it was the deadly mes attack on a doctor in Offenburg, who went nationally through the headlines, because it seems that the perpetrator is an asylum seeker from Somalia. And again, the editor-in-chief replied in the "Tagesschau" blog: "In the Tagesschau we report on matters of social, national or international relevance".
No reason for exception
This attitude is water on the mills of the AfD, my critic in the "Tagesschau" forum. For them, however, it seems crucial that the suspect is an asylum seeker. According to Gniffke, this can only be a reason for Tagesschau to report whether asylum seekers were disproportionately involved in murders. "This is not the case, as far as we can investigate."
Relevance arises not only from principles, but also from the resonance that triggers events in the population. The & # 39; Tagesschau & # 39; reported later on the murder case in Freiburg. But judging this form of relevance takes time. This should be given the "Tagesschau" – just like all media. Kurt Sagatz