MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: SPD – Social Democratic Party of Germany
For the media and network policy commission of the SPD party executive committee, co-chair Heike Raab speaks out against the proposals for the election program of the CDU, which call for the privatization of public broadcasting.
“The federal committee of the CDU has made proposals for the electoral program 2021 and seems to want to be the first to put the ax to the trunk of public broadcasting and thus to our pluralistic media order. After the unfortunate political tussle in Saxony-Anhalt, even the AfD spokesman in the state parliament, Ulrich Sigmund, thanks the CDU for helping to implement its own goals. This makes the breaking of the taboo obvious. “
For good reasons, the SPD will not privatize public service broadcasting and subject it to the rules of the market. We do not need immature privatization debates, but rather constructive proposals on how we want to shape the digital transformation of the media. Under the populist guise of efficiency and more competition, the independence of public service broadcasters and the important, independent role of the media in democracy are damaged. The demands for a new supervision of the budgets and the contents is not only unconstitutional, but gives the impression that one wants to gain influence over the program.
“The move by the Union is reminiscent of the ‘No Billag’ campaign by the right-wing populist SVP in Switzerland and the influence of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to weaken the BBC. We are sticking to this: We need free and independent media, and this also includes needs-based funding for public broadcasting, which covers all generations throughout Germany with contemporary offers, ”concluded Raab.
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