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(en) Germany Alert: The Free Flow of Uncensored Facts

From Tom Burghardt <tburghardt@igc.apc.org>
Date Sat, 30 May 1998 19:05:25 -0700 (PDT)
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                        * GERMANY ALERT *
                The Free Flow Of Uncensored Facts
                     http://chantry.com/ga/
 
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         `Heightened Fears About Free Speech In Germany'
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     EX-ONLINE CHIEF GETS 2 YEARS PROBATION FOR `CHILD PORNO'
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     Munich (May 29, 1998) -- Former CompuServe Germany manager
Felix Somm looked astonished as he was sentenced to a shocking
two years probation and a huge fine on charges of child
pornography, the sentence of a Bavarian court in a landmark case
that all but abolishes the right of free speech.
   
     Somm was arrested because CompuServe, like other online
services, allows access to the tens of thousands of sites on the
Internet, including a few which carry pornography. Bavarian
police went after CompuServe in order to establish a precedent.
Their strategy worked to a degree not thought imaginable.
   
     In addition to being sentenced to two years probation, Somms
was ordered to pay DM 100,000 for "enabling child and animal"
pornography access. Judge Wilhelm Hubbert declared the
extraordinary sentence would serve to force other Internet
providers to cut off access the government did not like.
   
     Even the prosecution had asked that Somm be given no
punishment, pointing out that it is technically impossible for an
online provider to police every site on the 'net.
   
     An appeal is expected, as fears for free speech in Germany
were expressed in dozens of quarters following the sentencing.
 
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   `Weapons Cache Accompanied By Rise In Rightwing Extremists'
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      NEO-NAZIS ACCUMULATING WEAPONS FOR TERRORIST ACTIONS
_________________________________________________________________
 
     Bonn (May 28, 1998) -- German neo-Nazis are accumulating
storehouses full of weapons for future terrorist strikes, a
government security official declared. Hans-Juergen Foerster,
head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution
(Verfassungsschutz) of the eastern state of Brandenburg,
confirmed a ZDF teleivison report that explosives and guns have
been uncovered in at least four German cities over the past half
year.
   
     "Extreme-right terrorism could develop out of right-wing
extremism in Germany," Foerster said. The security official
cautioned that the number of known neo-Nazis considered capable
of violence had soared by nineteen percent to 7,600 over the past
year. Foerster put the number of German rightwing extremists at
48,400 and rising.
   
     Neo-Nazis are buying handguns, automatic weapons and
explosives in the Ukraine and the Czech Republic, officials said.
According to the ZDF report, neo-Nazi terrorists in Mecklenburg-
Vorpemmern planned to use 9mm semi-automatic Makarov pistols
against sexual and foreigner "criminals."
 
                              * * *
 
      `Uncertainty For Eastern Europe As Rightist Sweep To Power'
_________________________________________________________________
 
       HUNGARY VOTERS GIVE ROLE TO OPENLY PRO-NAZI PARTY
_________________________________________________________________
 
     Budapest (May 25, 1998) -- Hungary and much of eastern
Europe plunged into uncertainty in the wake of parliamentary
elections that saw the pro-Nazi Hungarian Justice and Life Party
(MIEP) win 14 seats and the rightist Fidesz party gain control of
the government. Fidesz moved to form a government with its 35
year old leader Victor Orban set as probable prime minister.
Independent Smallholders leader Jozsef Torgyan, a fiery right-
wing extremist, said his party now holds the balance of power
with 48 seats. The Fidesz was expected to win 148 seats compared
to 134 for Prime Minister Gyula Horn's Socialists.
   
     Heading the MIEP is Istvan Csurka, known as an ally of
German pro-Nazi groups and a good friend of French Front National
(FN) leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. Torgyan's Independent Smallholders
campaigned for maintaining a ban on the sale of Hungarian land to
foreigners and restoring the death penalty. The winning Fidesz
won broad public support based on its demands for a crackdown
against "criminals."
 
                              * * *
   
          `Finance Minister Denies Moving Further Right'
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      WAIGEL LUNGES CSU EVER CLOSER TO GERMAN NEO-NAZI LINE
_________________________________________________________________
 
     Ingolstadt (May 23, 1998) -- Finance Minister Theo Waigel
came close to echoing the rants of Germany's growing neo-Nazi
parties yesterday in a CSU convention speech laced with
anti-foreigner appeals.
   
     "We do not live in a multi-cultural society, we remain a
German nation!" Waigel exclaimed to party delegates. "Germany and
Bavaria are not a land for immigrants," he declared.
   
     Waigel shadowed cries by the neo-Nazi NPD and DVU parties
that foreigners are criminals, declaring that foreigners
convicted of criminal acts should be deported and that
deportation proceedings be speeded up.
   
     Waigel's CSU, the Bavarian branch of Chancellor Helmut
Kohl's Christian Democrats, has demanded new laws that would
order deportation of the parents of foreigner children who commit
crimes.
   
     Using carefully chosen language, Waigel denied that the CSU
is moving further to the right despite his openly anti-foreigner
speech.
 
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