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Alert created on: 26 Oct 2015 n° 108/2015 Germany

Three Media Staff Assaulted at Pegida Rally

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
On 25 October 2015, two journalists and a media worker were assaulted in Dresden while covering a large rally held by Pegida, a right-wing movement which is also anti-immigration in Germany. The rally was held to mark Pegida’s first anniversary. Jaafar Abdul Karim, a journalist for German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, was surrounded by demonstrators who yelled racial slurs at him and blocked his camera. One demonstrator also hit him. The German Journalists' Association (DJV) reported that the demonstrator who assaulted Karim was not arrested by police because other demonstrators claimed there were no witnesses and that Karim was lying. Another reporter, cameraman Jose Sequeira for Russian TV station Ruptly, had his equipment thrown to the ground by demonstrators, who then attacked him and hit him on the back and the neck. Equipment from German public radio station Deutschlandradio was damaged and one of their employees was assaulted by a drunk protester, who accused the media of bias against Pegida.
16 Mar 2017: The investigation has yet to be completed. On the basis of a criminal complaint filed by Deutsche Welle, this matter is being dealt with by the state security department of the Dresden District Police headquarters, working on behalf of the Dresden Public Prosecution Office. On 16 March 2017, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
12 Nov 2015
Response of the German Government (Ministry of the Interior of the Free State of Saxony)
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