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Source: Die Linke “The decision of the Federal Court of Justice on the publication of the ‘Afghanistan papers’ by the WAZ is a clear victory for the freedom of the press and a slap in the face of the federal government. The terrible reality of war politics must not be classified as a state secret, but should be seen in public in a democracy, ”explains Sevim Dagdelen, foreign policy and disarmament spokeswoman for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, regarding the BGH’s decision on the legal admissibility of the publication of military situation reports (judgment of April 30, 2020 – I ZR 139/15). Dagdelen continued: “The federal government’s copyright dispute was a bold attempt to intimidate the press. The publication of military situation reports showed that the Federal Government publicly fine-tuned the Bundeswehr’s deployment to Afghanistan and reduced the dangers on the ground. The fact that the federal government launched a legal campaign to undermine press freedom when it comes to information about war can be seen as an attack on fundamental rights. Official documents such as the weekly ‘briefing of the parliament’ are official documents and not prose or lyricism which is to be protected by copyright. LINKE calls for a revision of the previous information practice on the Bundeswehr’s missions abroad, since the information is all classified as ‘confidential’ and therefore by the deputies must not be discussed in public. MPs and the public must be able to be informed and able to discuss the Bundeswehr operations without restriction. The federal government’s secrecy must be stopped. “


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