The European elections are over and the digital generation has voted. The “old parties” have suffered massive losses. Now Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has commented on the events surrounding the election. The CDU boss actually asks nothing more than the restriction of freedom of expression on the Internet. A comment.
Not even a week ago we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the German constitution. Since May 23, 1949, the Basic Law serves as the legal constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In the first 19 articles of the Basic Law the so-called fundamental rights are anchored. This generally means the rights of every person and citizen to the decision-makers in the country.
The fifth article of the Basic Law revolves around the “freedom of opinion, art and science” in Germany. The first paragraph reads:
Everyone has the right to freely express and disseminate their opinions in speech, writing and pictures, and to be free to teach from generally accessible sources. The freedom of the press and the freedom of reporting by radio and film are guaranteed. Censorship does not take place.
Are there differences between digital and analogue expression?
Specifically, the fifth article of the Basic Law has the effect that every citizen may express his opinion on a specific topic. Whether this is the attitude to internal combustion engines or the best beer brand in the country, must make no difference.
Apparently, however, there is one exception: (critical) expressions of opinion before or in the election campaign. In any case, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced yesterday on her Twitter account.
It is absurd to assume that I want to regulate opinions. Freedom of expression is a high good in democracy. But what we have to talk about are the rules that apply in the election campaign. #Rezo #Youtuber
– A. Kramp-Karrenbauer (@akk) May 27, 2019
The tweets of the CDU boss are actually only a clarification to their statements at a press conference dar.
CDU boss @akk wants after “anti-CDU”, #SPD & # AFD election call @rezomusik “offensive” on the question of whether expressions of opinion must be regulated by influencers. After # Article13, #Uploadfilter & Co. is now raging the net. Many write: # censorship! 😮 pic.twitter.com/pPmaCZKWv0
– Change.org DE (@ChangeGER) May 27, 2019
However, the situation was not necessarily better.
She posed the question of what would happen if several newspaper editors before the election launched a call not to elect the CDU and SPD? “That would have been clear opinion before the election,” explains Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
Referring to Rezo’s eye-catching YouTube video, the head of the CDU said, “What are analogue rules and what rules apply to the digital realm, yes or no?”
Therefore, the CDU wants to tackle this discussion “very offensively.”
But Rezo had not started a call. It was rather a request, albeit a very offensive. So he had formulated it at the end of his video: “It is my democratic duty to ask you: Please do not vote SPD. Please do not vote for the CDU. Please do not vote for the CSU. And certainly not the AfD. “
Will Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer now regulate the expression of opinion?
What has to be done is a mystery. The fifth article of the Basic Law quoted above allows every citizen to express his opinion. Whether this is a single person or a merger makes no difference.
It also makes no difference whether the expression is printed in a newspaper or digitally available in a video. And last but not least, the timing is of no importance. Especially the restriction “in the election campaign” is misleading. Exactly then should be discussed about the political future.
Anyone who tries to restrict democracy and pluralist opinions through regulations has not understood what democracy is all about.
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