Broadcaster Under Fire For Not Reporting Refugee Crime
The chief editor of public broadcaster ARD has been forced to defend his decision not to air a report on the rape and murder of a university student in Freiburg. A 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan was arrested as the prime suspect. Kai Gniffke has responded to criticism from Bundestag members, saying the popular news program "Tagesschau" reports "very rarely about individual criminal cases." Despite a warning from Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel for opposition groups not to use the case for political gain, several politicians are weighing in, including Ansgar Heveling, chairman of the Bundestag's Interior Committee. "I think the decision of 'Tagesschau' is wrong because it naturally gives the impression that you do not want to report because the suspect is an unaccompanied minor asylum seeker. Such an impression is fatal," he told Funke Mediengruppe on Tuesday.