German news article about how the Merkel Government is instructing the media on how to report on Islam, translated by Ava Lon with much thanks!
Frankfurt am Main – The journalist Volker Siefert (Frankfurt am Main) practiced a sharp criticism of a planned event, organized by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, together with Islamic associations for chief editors.
As he writes in a commentary under the heading “Heile-Islam-World-Workshop in the Ministry of the Interior” in the magazine of the German journalist association “Journalist” (Remagen), the member associations of the German Islam Conference demanded of Thomas de Maizière (CDU) a course “in which chief editors of all relevant media in Germany should learn how to correctly report on Islam”.
He said it was going to be on the ministry’s premises in early 2017 and had been developed by the Ministry of the Interior and Islamic associations: “This is what the associations have created what lobbyists otherwise dream of: namely, that the state intervenes in the process of opinion formation, about something that is directly discussed with the media’s responsible leaders. “
Siefert: A minister cannot give tuition lessons to journalists [how they should write]
The action is downplayed by the Ministry of the Interior as “perfectly normal”. Siefert: “If this were normal, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology would have organized a workshop on a” workplace-friendly “reporting in the Diesel affair together with the car industry.” The state has to keep out of lobbying: “A minister isn’t allowed to act as co-organizer (neither for a group nor for a person) together with a group of interests to provide tutoring lessons for journalists.”
Siefert works as a freelance journalist for, among other things, Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) and is primarily concerned with Islamic motivated extremism. In 2006, the then interior minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) wanted to create the “institutional framework for dialogue between people of Muslim faith and representatives of all levels of our community” with the German Islam Conference.
Ten umbrella organizations, including the Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (DITIB), the Central Council of Muslims in Germany and the Alevit Community Deutschland (all in Cologne), are participating in the project.