German Court Says Public TV Must Air Hardcore Nationalist Campaign Spot
A German Nationalist party won a bid before the highest court to force a public broadcast network to show one of its TV campaign adverts for European Parliament elections.
The Federal Constitutional Court ruled that broadcaster ARD must air the advert by the hardcore nationalist National Party of Germany (NPD) on free speech grounds.
After earlier court defeats for the NPD, it found there no firm evidence that the group’s reworked TV spot was illegally inciting racial hatred, as claimed by ARD's Berlin regional broadcaster RBB.
In its latest commercial, the NPD asserts that Germans had become victims almost daily because of the uncontrolled mass immigration.
Germany’s upper house of parliament lost a bid in 2017 to ban the NPD, as the Constitutional Court ruled the party was not a significant threat to the democratic order.
The far-right AfD party, which has also railed against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow in more than one million nonwhite invaders during the 2015-16 invasion, is polling around 10 percent ahead of the European Parliament elections.