German court: Magazine raid violated press rights

By
February 27, 2007 14:48

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Germany's highest court ruled Tuesday that authorities violated press freedom in ordering a raid on the offices of a magazine that cited classified information in an article about the late leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The offices of the monthly Cicero were searched on September 12, 2005 as investigators attempted to pinpoint the source of a leak of confidential papers from Germany's Federal Crime Office on the financing of Islamic extremists. Cicero's chief editor, Wolfram Weimer, complained to the Federal Constitutional Court, which ruled Tuesday that the raid was an "unjustified intrusion on the press freedom of the plaintiff." The court ruled that, to justify such a raid, "specific actual indications of an intended publication of secrets by a bearer of secrets" would be required, and there was no such indication in the Cicero case.

Related Content

NOT FOR much longer. A man protests against Brexit in London.
August 17, 2018
London mayor Khan consults disaster planners over no-deal Brexit

By REUTERS