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    NPD Adverts Banned From TV

    German neo-Nazi party loses bid to air anti-migrant advert

    A German neo-Nazi party has lost a bid before the country's highest court to force a national public broadcaster to show one of its campaign adverts.

    The Federal Constitutional Court upheld rulings by two lower tribunals yesterday that the free-speech rights of the National Party of Germany (NPD) had not been violated.

    ZDF public television had opted not to show the NPD commercial for next month's European elections, which claimed that "migration kills" and called for "protection zones" for Germans.

    The broadcaster had decided that the advert amounted to incitement of racial hatred, a crime in Germany.

    The Constitutional Court said in a statement that it had rejected the NPD's appeal as there were "no grounds to think that the courts failed to uphold the plaintiff's freedom of speech".

    Fellow public broadcaster ARD has also refused to show the commercial, which was due to run from 29 April to 15 May. It said it was unaware of any legal challenge to the decision by the NPD.

    The NPD has seats in many town halls in the ex-communist east of the country but has negligible poll ratings at the national level.

    Germany's upper house of parliament lost a bid in 2017 to ban the NPD, as the Constitutional Court ruled the xenophobic fringe group was too insignificant to pose a real threat to the democratic order.

    The far-right Alernative for Germany party, which has also railed against Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow in more than one million asylum seekers during a 2015-16 influx, is polling around 10% ahead of the European Parliament elections.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SaxonPagan View Post
    Germany's upper house of parliament lost a bid in 2017 to ban the NPD, as the Constitutional Court ruled the xenophobic fringe group was too insignificant to pose a real threat to the democratic order.
    Ehrm, no? The ban failed because it is incredibly difficult to ban a party, and non of the brought up "reasons" why (((they))) wanted it banned passed the scrutiny of court justice.

    Which appears now, with this ruling, a bit more eroded. Specially the public broadcasters (ARD/ZDR/WDR) are actually obliged to show adds of all legally registered parties, that's part of the "state treaty". They are not supposed to be free to decide what to show and what not.

    On the other hand, the NPD has shown a great deal of talent in spoiling every sympathy they could possibly get with the base topic, but their adds usually are total PR blunders, merely delivering ammunition to their opponents for free. One facepalm less during election might even benefit them more than having the add aired
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    Germany’s Top Court Rules TV Station Must Air Neo-Nazi Campaign Ad

    Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that TV broadcaster ARD must air a political ad by the neo-Nazi National Party of Germany (NPD), out of respect for free speech rights.

    The court ruling overturned a previous ban on the group's ad imposed by ARD's Berlin regional broadcaster, RBB, on the grounds that it incited violence against foreigners. The court found that the NPD's reworked campaign ad wasn't illegally inciting racial hatred, AFP reported.

    Noting that the TV station's refusal placed the group at a disadvantage in the upcoming elections compared to other parties, the court ruled that "a constitutional complaint [by the NPD] is therefore at the moment neither inadmissible nor unfounded."

    The ad, which is for a seat in the European Parliament, features images of crime scenes and names of victims of violence, with a voice-over saying, "Since the arbitrary opening of the border in 2015 and the uncontrolled mass migration that followed, Germans have become almost daily victims."

    The high court weighed banning the NPD in 2017 on the grounds that it resembles the infamous National Socialist German Workers Party, better known as the Nazis, who seized power in Germany in 1933 and instituted a fascist dictatorship that murdered its way through German society — and much of Europe, which it systematically invaded before being stopped by an international alliance of countries in 1945.

    n the two new German states that emerged from the Second World War, the Nazis were banned from political life, and even showing their classic symbols, such as the swastika, was illegal.

    In 2017 the court ruled the NPD wasn't a sufficient threat to Germany democracy to warrant a ban, and so it held back from outlawing the group. The NPD has had some local successes in the formerly-socialist eastern part of the country, but it doesn't really have a presence on the national political scene, where it holds no offices, Reuters noted.

    However, other signs point to a continued rise on the political far-right. Earlier this week, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that anti-Semitic violence had risen by 20% in Germany in the last year and that 90% of that violence was committed by far-right groups. Jews served as the primary scapegoat for the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s, and a genocide directed by the Nazis against the Jews saw 6 million people systematically murdered.

    Another far-right party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), has fared much better than the NPD, entering the European Parliament in 2014 with 7% of the vote — and it's expected to double that percentage this time around. AfD has also blasted the German government's welcoming of refugees into the country, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to permit 1 million asylum-seekers to enter the country during 2015 and 2016. Reuters noted that AfD has worried Jewish Germans by downplaying the importance of anti-Semitic crimes and calling a national memorial to victims of the Holocaust a "memorial of shame."

    Elections to the European Parliament will happen in all 28 EU member countries between May 23 and 26.


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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    On the other hand, the NPD has shown a great deal of talent in spoiling every sympathy they could possibly get with the base topic, but their adds usually are total PR blunders, merely delivering ammunition to their opponents for free. One facepalm less during election might even benefit them more than having the add aired
    That's why I get paranoid about infiltration or some of our organizations being entire Jewish setups from the get go - it's hard to conceive our people being as stupid as they sometimes are; moreover, (((they'll))) find the stupid among us, and promote them - showcase them in (((their newspapers))).
    We need a reservation system for our people and our own ethnic-nationalist faith, where we'll have sermons about our people and nations, real history, science, philosophy, etc., in addition to our older religions. Throw in some open bar nights, comedy club hours, music and dance, etc., and it'll be a cracker barrel of good times lol.

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