Hundreds Of Journalists, Researchers, Concerned Citizens Sign Letter Protesting Netzpolitik 'Treason' Investigation

from the sign-the-letter dept

We've written a few times now about how the news site Netzpolitik has been investigated for treason for reporting on some efforts to expand German internet surveillance. The site published the leaked documents supporting that claim, which would be clearly protected by the First Amendment here in the US. However, in Germany, it resulted in a treason investigation... and widespread protests as people are quite rightly concerned about the chilling effects of targeting journalists. There's also been some political mudslinging as there's been some debate over whether or not the investigation should move forward.

Now a bunch of people (including me) have signed an open letter protesting the investigation. The statement is quite short and to the point:
"The investigation against for treason and their unknown sources is an attack against the free press. Charges of treason against journalists performing their essential work is a violation of the fifth article of the German constitution. We demand an end to the investigation into and their unknown sources."
You can also see the statement in a variety of other languages as well. The statement has received many hundreds of signatures already and you can add your name as well.
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Filed Under: free speech, germany, journalism, surveillance, treason, whistleblower
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    David, 6 Aug 2015 @ 2:05am


    Uh, the "Landesverrat" investigation state is known. It is not ceased but rather "postponed". Which is very likely the state intended for it from the inception.

    As long as the state of a "Landesverrat" ("treason") investigation is "open", the normal protections of the press are suspended since the accusation is a real grave one. So the "Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz" is free to eavesdrop even on protected communications of the persons named in the indictment, namely the Netzpolitik journalists.

    This is very likely the state that Maas/Maaßen intended the investigation to be in in order to give them a legal excuse for pissing on the freedom of the press.

    Apparently Range did not understand the purpose of his orders and went about them according to the book. Which would have made the state of the investigation progress one way or another by determining liability of the journalists for the past publication one way or another when the actual goal was being able to set up a trap with the legal excuse of an inflated charge.

    All that was required for this to work was proper feet-dragging and Range failed to deliver and then exploded in rightful indignation when called on it.

    The feet-dragging now is provided by the change in "Generalbundesanwalt". Of course, the new one will first have to assume office and work himself into matters before making any decisions.

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