The a spokesman for ARD “denied claims that the broadcaster was trying to somehow suppress the story”.
The explanation did not satisfy many critics who accuse ARD of having a policy of downplaying stories that depict refugees in a negative way. “Just imagine if the story was about a 15-year-old girl killing a 15 (30) year old Afghan refugee. There would be special programs on ARD, ZDF, talk shows!” tweeted Udo Hemmelgarn, a politician from the anti-immigrant right-wing Alternative for German (AfD) party, linking to a Die Welt report on ARD’s muted response to the stabbing.This is part of a pattern of behavior by the broadcaster.
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Both the Afghan and the victim were reportedly 15, but the suspect’s age may be different. The figure is based on what he told the authorities when he entered Germany irregularly in 2016 as an unaccompanied minor. The German authorities say as many as 43 percent of such refugees are actually adults who provide false information on their age.
German public broadcaster ARD is under fire online for its coverage of a crime by a refugee suspect. The channel would not immediately report last week’s fatal stabbing of a teen girl in the town of Kandel.
The stabbing was an apparent crime of passion. A refugee from Afghanistan is suspected of killing his German ex-girlfriend after a bad breakup. The crime happened two weeks after the girl’s family complained to the police about the Afghan, who, they said, threatened and harassed her online and on the phone after she ended the relationship.
The story received nationwide coverage in Germany, but some outlets seemed reluctant to report it. In particular, public service broadcaster ARD initially refused to report the crime after the news broke on Thursday.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Germany crime immigration infowar
Kandel, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Germany (DE) is estimated to have a population of 82.2 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.4 million.
However, the rate has been much higher since 2015 when two million immigrants entered Germany (1.14 million net).