Dresden (dpa) – The Saxon police is due to their action against journalists on the sidelines of the visit to Dresden by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) in the criticism.
According to ZDF editor-in-chief Peter Frey, a camera crew who was on Merkel's mission was attacked orally by Pegida demonstrators on behalf of the station on Thursday and subsequently detained by the police for about three-quarters of an hour. "The ZDF requires a clarification of the process," Frey said on Sunday. "It is a clear limitation for free reporting and the team has behaved correctly."
A video with fragments of the incident and a tweet from the prime minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer (CDU) caused public outrage at the weekend. "The only people who are serious about this video are policemen," Kretschmer wrote on Twitter on Saturday. On Sunday he told the German press agency: "The matter will be resolved in peace and then we will see what we are doing." His job as prime minister was also to meet the officials, "and I do that".
The Saxon Ministry of the Interior Twitter defended the police officers who had established the identity of the journalists for instructions. "If a complaint is filed, it does not matter who, the officials have to act and take personal information," it said in the statement. "We should not judge film films prematurely, but quietly view the entire raw material." The police chief of Dresden had invited the reporters for an enlightening conversation.
One of them had posted a movie on the night of Friday on Facebook . According to his information, the team wanted to photograph for the ZDF program "Frontal 21". "But then some supporters of Pegida AfD were disturbed by our shooting and asked the police to intervene, the Saxon officials came and suddenly we were in a police action," wrote the cameraman. It took about 45 minutes. Police officers had thus "made the executive power of the Pegida movement".
The video shows a participant in the demonstration of the anti-Islamic and xenophobic Pegida movement that should not be filmed. He insults the cameraman and asks him loudly to accompany him to the police officers who are standing nearby. Later the TV team is checked by civil servants.
"I see police officers who do not explain why they prevent journalists from doing their job, I see Pegida, who insults the free press," tweeted the leader of the Green Party in the Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt. A prime minister, who believes that police action is serious, must ask himself whether he is on the side of democracy and freedom.
Enlightenment is also demanded in the state's parliament. If the allegations prove to be true, the Saxon police would once again have made the "straw man of the pegi", said left-wing interior expert Enrico Stange. The claim that the police have been embalmed by Pegida and AfD supporters and the free report "with the investigation into alleged crimes preventable & # 39 ;, weighs heavily," said his green colleague Valentin Lippmann.
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