German state spying on journalists

A new row over press freedom is causing major waves in Germany. Head of the federal intelligence agency (Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND), August Hanning, last week admitted that several journalists, scientists and public figures had been spied on by the German secret services between 1993 and 1998. And more recently, Cicero magazine and German daily Der Speigel have complained about surveillance and harassment. See: full-text: http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1876

For background informaiton in German, see:

Humanistic Union: renewed spy scandal proves anti-democratic nature of secret services
http://www.taz.de/pt/2005/11/12/a0198.nf/text
http://www.dradio.de/dkultur/sendungen/thema/439706/
http://www.tagesschau.de/aktuell/meldungen/0,1185,OID4944206_TYP6_THE_NAV_REF1_BAB,00.html

Filed 29 November 2005



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