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"ProSieben Spezial": AfD defends itself against the report - TV station reacts promptly and asks revealing question

2020-10-01T06:59:46.723Z

In an investigative documentary on ProSieben, Christian Lüth, the former spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group, is said to have made inhuman comments on migrants. The broadcaster reacts to criticism with a clear stance.



In an investigative documentary on ProSieben, Christian Lüth, the former spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group, is said to have made inhuman comments on migrants.

The broadcaster reacts to criticism with a clear stance.

  • On Monday evening,

    ProSieben released

    the

    documentation

    “ProSieben Special: Right.

    German.

    Radical. ”Broadcast.

  • The

    journalists

    accompanied a supposedly confidential

    conversation

    between the then spokesman for the

    AfD parliamentary group

    and a

    right-wing YouTuber

    with covert cameras.

  • The

    station reacted clearly to

    criticism from the

    AfD

    (see update from September 30, 1:18 p.m.).

Update from September 30th, 1:18 pm:

The station ProSieben went with critical and sometimes hateful reactions to the documentary

“Rechts.

German.

Radical. ”

And was not deterred by it.

In the post, which ran on Monday at prime time without commercial breaks,

right-wing extremism

in Germany was the

topic

.

It was also about the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD *).

ProSieben documentary about right-wing extremism: the station reacts to criticism with a clear stance

The

ProSieben documentary

revealed that Christian Lüth, the former party spokesman, had made extreme statements against migrants (see previous update).

The Federal AfD then claimed on Twitter that Lüth was not a party member and had not worked for the party for three years.

However, he was press spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group from 2018 to 2020.

The broadcaster responded to the party's justification by asking questions, “Oh.

Didn't Mr. Lüth just work for the AfD parliamentary group?

Or does the AfD have nothing to do with the party in the Bundestag?

Or is that the attempt to obscure connections? "

Oh.

Didn't Mr. # Lüth just work for the @ AfD parliamentary group?

Or does the @AfDimBundestag have nothing to do with the party?

Or is this an attempt to obscure connections?

# P7Spezial #RechtsDeutschRadikal https://t.co/Z0MrOmohUL

- ProSieben (@ProSieben) September 28, 2020

On Monday, the

AfD parliamentary group

announced the

termination of long-term press spokesman Christian Lüth without notice after the inhuman remarks became known (see first report).

"Right.

German.

Radical. ”- ProSieben defends documentary against viewers

One viewer demoted the documentary on Twitter as a

“discussion about cloth bags”

.

He was referring to scene where bags with Nazi symbols were treated.

ProSieben

then made it clear: “There was no discussion about cloth bags.

It was a discussion about a term and a symbol that the Nazi regime made a symbol of murder and humiliation.

It is also forbidden. "

It wasn't a discussion of cloth bags.

It was a discussion about a term and a symbol that the Nazi regime made a symbol of murder and humiliation.

It is also forbidden.

# P7Spezial #RechtsDeutschRadikal https://t.co/ZAACvOlWOr

- ProSieben (@ProSieben) September 28, 2020

Update September 29, 10:35:

The

AFD parliamentary group

has after the dismissal of their former spokesman

Christian Lüth

emphasizes not speculate from party tactical reasons to a deterioration of the situation in Germany.

"The

AfD

is not aiming for a bad state of Germany," said AfD MP Peter Boehringer on Tuesday.

Olaf Scholz with a swipe at AfD - "Populists who are happy when their own country is doing badly"

Lüth, who is also considered a close confidante of the

AfD parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland

, said in a supposedly confidential conversation in February: “The worse Germany is doing, the better for the

AfD

.” In the conversation, that for a documentary by the private broadcaster

ProSieben

was filmed with a hidden camera, said Lüth when asked about the influx of

migrants

.

"We can still shoot them all afterwards, that's not an issue at all, or gass them, or whatever you want, I don't care."

Even

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz

responded in a speech in the Bundestag on the statements Lüths.

With regard to the

Corona crisis

, the

Social Democrats'

chancellor candidate said

: "All the populists who are happy when their own country is doing badly and even want to make their strategy out of it have now become very quiet." In Kisen, Scholz would say show yourself who you really are.

"All the populists who are happy when their own country is doing badly and even want to make their strategy out of it have now become very quiet," says @OlafScholz.

Because a crisis shows who you really are.

#Household #Bundestag #GeldInDieHand pic.twitter.com/C9cdVGNSpM

- SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag (@spdbt) September 29, 2020

Longstanding AfD spokesman in front of a hidden camera with a violent statement - the party reacts

Original message from September 28th:

Munich - On Monday evening, September 28th,

ProSieben released

the documentary “ProSieben Special: Right.

German.

Radical. ”Broadcast.

In a supposedly confidential conversation,

Christian Lüth

, the former spokesman for the

Bundestag faction of

the

Alternative for Germany (AfD)

, is

said to have made

inhuman remarks about

migrants

.

In a parliamentary group meeting on Monday, AfD parliamentary group leader

Alexander Gauland announced

the termination of the former press

spokesman

without notice.

Documentation: "Confidential" meeting between AfD spokesman Lüth and right-wing YouTuber

The

investigative documentation

“ProSieben Spezial: Rechts.

German.

Radical. ”Shows the journalist

Thilo Mischke

, who has been

researching

right-wing networks

over the past 18 months

and has met supporters of various

right-wing

and

right-wing extremist groups

.

A meeting

between

Christian Lüth

, the then spokesman for the

AfD parliamentary group at the time

, and the right-wing

YouTuber Lisa Licentia

in

Berlin

will also be broadcast

on February 23

.

A team of journalists from the broadcaster

ProSieben

attended the conversation with hidden cameras.

Documentation: Christian Lüth has worked for the party in a senior position since the AfD was founded

In the film,

Lüth is

only referred to as a “high

AfD functionary

for legal reasons

and not named, as Die

Zeit

reports.

However,

according to its own statements,

Zeit was

able

to

clearly identify

Lüth

with the

help of

a

data leak

and several

informants

.

Because of his outstanding position in the party at the time of the meeting and because of the

special public interest associated

with it, the decision was made to make his name public.

Lüth has

worked

for the party in a senior position

since the

AfD was founded

.

At first he acted as

party spokesman

, later he was

spokesman for the parliamentary group

.

He is considered a close confidante of the honorary party chairman

Alexander Gauland

.

In

April

, he was

released

after accusations became loud, he had described himself in an interview as "fascist".

ProSieben records meetings between Lüth and Licentia with covered cameras

The appointment between YouTuber

Licentia

and

Lüth

, which took place two months before he was released, came about after the

AfD politician wrote to

the right-wing influencer several times on

Twitter

.

The former

AfD spokesman

was not aware that

Licentia

wanted to get out

of the

right-wing scene

and was therefore

in contact

with the

ProSieben team

around reporter

Thilo Mischke

.

The

journalists

decided

to film

the meeting with

hidden cameras

in order to be able to document what Lüth really thinks and what he says when he

thinks

he is among

like-minded people

.

Oh.

Didn't Mr. # Lüth just work for the @ AfD parliamentary group?

Or does the @AfDimBundestag have nothing to do with the party?

Or is this an attempt to obscure connections?

# P7Spezial #RechtsDeutschRadikal https://t.co/Z0MrOmohUL

- ProSieben (@ProSieben) September 28, 2020

Documentation: Lüth with inhuman remarks about migrants

According to

ProSieben, the

statements of the

AfD functionary

were

repeated

from a

memory

log.

A spokesman for the station told

Spiegel

that there were several

ear witnesses of

the conversation.

They would have affirmed the content of the conversation

by taking an oath

.

Lüth

is said to have said at the meeting: “The AfD is important;

And that's schizophrenic, we discussed that for a long time with Gauland:

the worse Germany is

doing 

, the better for the AfD

. ”When asked about the influx of

migrants

, the

AfD functionary is

also assigned the following sentence:“ We can still do them afterwards

shoot everyone

, that's not an issue at all,

or gass them, or whatever you want, I don't care

. "

After reports of statements: AfD parliamentary group dismisses Lüth without notice

After the reports on the

inhuman remarks

about migrants, the

AfD parliamentary group

dismissed

its long-time press spokesman

Lüth

without notice

.

The parliamentary group executive made this decision

unanimously

.

The AfD parliamentary group chairman

Gauland

commented on the statements of the former functionary to the

dpa

: "The statements attributed to Mr. Lüth are completely unacceptable and in no way compatible with the goals and policies of the AfD and the AfD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag." The assertion that he had

"only talked

to

Lüth

about these topics or that I even approved the statements made to him that were ascribed to Mr. Lüth is completely absurd and fictitious," he clarified.

The statements he is currently making, which he made in February 2020 and which are in direct contrast to the liberal-democratic principles of our party, can therefore in no way be attributed to the AfD.

(2/3)

- Alternative for 🇩🇪 Germany (@AfD) September 28, 2020

On the official

Twitter account of

the

AfD

, the party explains: "

Christian Lüth

is no

longer

a member of the

AfD

and has not spoken for the party since January 2018.

The term 'AfD party functionary', which has appeared variously in the reports, is therefore incorrect.

The statements he is currently addressing, which he made in February 2020 and which are in

direct contrast

to the free-democratic principles of our party, can

therefore in no way be attributed to

the

AfD

. "

The

AfD parliamentary group

in the

Hessian state parliament

declared: "Racist, anti-Semitic statements and violent fantasies have no place in the AfD.

We are very happy that the board of the Bundestag faction acted quickly and dismissed Christian Lüth with immediate effect. ”

(Ph) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital editorial network

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Source: merkur

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