Referee Bibiana Steinhaus retires

Bibiana Steinhaus made her decision carefully and during the long forced break. “Like many people in the time of the Corona situation, I reflected on some things and reassessed them,” said the first female referee in the history of the Bundesliga and drew a completely surprising line on Wednesday. After “carefully weighing many factors”, she decided to “end her national and international career as a referee”. The league will miss them.

It was only on this Wednesday morning that the German Football Association confirmed that the referee, who has been whistling in the Bundesliga since 2017, will lead the German Supercup final between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund for the first time. An award. And a dignified farewell. Before the kick-off, the managing director of the German Football League, Christian Seifert, presented a bouquet of flowers as a symbolic farewell gift. The President of the German Football Association, Fritz Keller, had already paid tribute to the police officer from Hanover: “In the future, German football will not only have to do without an outstanding referee, it will also lose an extraordinary personality and a pioneer in a male domain.”


Top referee in German professional football: Bibiana Steinhaus
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Three years ago Steinhaus stepped onto the lawn of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, “knowing how to write history”, as she had last told. The debut of the first female referee in the Bundesliga received worldwide attention. “It was a long way,” said the 41-year-old looking back.

For the voluntary end of the much-noticed career of the referee pioneer, private reasons should be decisive. The age limit for Bundesliga referees is 47 years and was just as irrelevant as their performance. “I will be more detailed about the reasons for my withdrawal in due course,” said Steinhaus. But you can guess it. Steinhaus has been in a relationship with former English Fifa referee Howard Webb, who lives in New York, for four years. The love for her partner and the longing for a family of her own were probably stronger than the passion for football that determined her life for years.

Steinhaus was named “Referee of the Year” six times, and she represented Germany three times each at the Women’s World Cup and European Championship. But she really came into focus through her pioneering role as the first female referee in men’s football. After her, only Riem Hussein made this jump, which has not yet been used in the first Bundesliga.

“Bibiana Steinhaus has firmly established herself among the Bundesliga referees in recent years and has earned respect and recognition for her achievements,” said Christian Seifert, Managing Director of the German Football League. “The end of her career comes as a surprise. Personally, I wish her all the best for the future – and that the Supercup will be remembered as a worthy end to her career. “

Listen carefully: Stars like Thiago, here still at Bayern in 2019, followed Bibiana Steinhaus' instructions.


Listen carefully: Stars like Thiago, here still at Bayern in 2019, followed Bibiana Steinhaus’ instructions.
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Steinhaus has been active in the Bundesliga since 2017 – as the only woman to this day. “Bibiana is an exceptional figure”, praised DFB referee boss Lutz Michael Fröhlich at the time and thanked her goodbye: “She deserves the highest recognition for what she has achieved, the highest respect for her decision and a big thank you from me for the absolutely trusting cooperation. “Steinhaus is” an absolute asset to football, both in terms of the way she conducts the games and in personal contact “.

Steinhaus directed 23 games in the upper house and was also regularly on duty as fourth official and most recently as a video assistant. Ten years earlier, she made her debut in the second Bundesliga, where she gradually reduced prejudices.

Her credo: “Even if that sounds flat now, but I want to manage every upcoming game well,” Steinhaus said recently. “Because every game deserves the best possible game master. My drive is to still be able to develop further and the opportunity is offered to me in every game. ”That’s over now.

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The federal government proposes a limit of 25 people for private parties

DIn view of the persistently high number of corona infections, the federal government proposes an upper limit of 25 participants for celebrations in private rooms. In public spaces, it should be a maximum of 50 participants, according to a draft of a draft resolution from the federal government for the deliberations of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with the Prime Ministers of the federal states this Tuesday. First the “Bild” newspaper reported on the numbers. In order to enable correct contact tracking, regulatory authorities should also be able to prove violations of incorrect personal information in restaurants with a minimum fine of 50 euros. In particularly affected regions, according to federal considerations, the serving of alcohol could be limited under certain conditions.

It is unclear whether the maximum numbers for celebrations should only apply when certain limit values ​​are exceeded for new infections. In the draft, it says in so-called square brackets that the federal states would issue regulations on the number of participants at festivals if the number of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a municipality is exceeded within seven days. This means that the critical number of new infections for this regulation still has to be negotiated in the Prime Minister’s Conference.

A determination of lower values ​​by a state or a municipality remains possible after the draft. Exceptions could be made for announced celebrations with hygiene plans approved by the health department.

If more than 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants are infected in a district within seven days, further measures are to be adopted, the paper continues. In particular, the number of participants should then be further limited – according to the federal government to a maximum of ten participants in private rooms and a maximum of 25 participants in public rooms.

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Merkel warned at a video conference of the CDU presidium on Monday, according to information from participants, of a significant increase in new corona infections in Germany. If these develop weekly, there will be 19,200 new infections a day at Christmas. The Chancellor had that extrapolated, it said. Schools, day care centers and the economy have priority, said Merkel. You have to address local sources of infection very clearly, otherwise you would have numbers at Christmas like in France, where the situation is extremely tense again.

Most recently, Merkel and the state heads of government discussed necessary measures in the pandemic in a video link at the end of August. Concerned about the rising number of Covid-19 infections, the federal and state governments refused to relax the requirements at the time, and in some cases even tightened them. Even then, celebrations in private and family circles, which are considered to be one of the main causes of the increasing number of infections, caused concern. The federal and state governments were unable to agree on nationwide upper limits for the number of participants.

The heads of government of the federal and state levels will discuss measures to contain the pandemic on Tuesday. Berlin’s Prime Minister Michael Müller had already prepared the population for a possible tightening of the Corona rules, including the contact options. “I do believe that we will reschedule something,” said the SPD politician before the Senate meeting and a switch between the country chiefs and Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday of the German Press Agency.

“That doesn’t have to mean that the resolutions will be implemented immediately,” said Müller. “But I believe that there must be resolutions that give us the opportunity to act quickly if a situation escalates nationwide or our traffic lights in Berlin change from yellow to red.”

The aim is to prevent a lockdown. “But of course we want to act in a targeted manner and not just say that everything will be restricted again very broadly,” explained Müller. “We’ll take a close look at where the sources of infection are. So far we have not seen that schools, the workplace, culture or sporting events are part of it. Rather, infections are more common at private parties, for example. “

Müller made it clear that he does not consider a general mask requirement in public spaces – i.e. also where sufficient distance is to be maintained – to be appropriate. This also applies to a general ban on alcohol. “That means that we are probably discussing whether a ban on alcohol or a mask requirement at certain times or in certain places is appropriate.”

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The federal government proposes a limit of 25 people for private parties

DIn view of the persistently high number of corona infections, the federal government proposes an upper limit of 25 participants for celebrations in private rooms. In public spaces, it should be a maximum of 50 participants, according to a draft of a draft resolution from the federal government for the deliberations of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with the Prime Ministers of the federal states this Tuesday. First the “Bild” newspaper reported on the numbers. In order to enable correct contact tracking, regulatory authorities should also be able to prove violations of incorrect personal information in restaurants with a minimum fine of 50 euros. In particularly affected regions, according to federal considerations, the serving of alcohol could be limited under certain conditions.

It is unclear whether the maximum numbers for celebrations should only apply when certain limit values ​​are exceeded for new infections. In the draft, it says in so-called square brackets that the federal states would issue regulations on the number of participants at festivals if the number of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a municipality is exceeded within seven days. This means that the critical number of new infections for this regulation still has to be negotiated in the Prime Minister’s Conference.

A determination of lower values ​​by a state or a municipality remains possible after the draft. Exceptions could be made for announced celebrations with hygiene plans approved by the health department.

If more than 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants are infected in a district within seven days, further measures are to be adopted, the paper continues. In particular, the number of participants should then be further limited – according to the federal government to a maximum of ten participants in private rooms and a maximum of 25 participants in public rooms.

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Merkel warned at a video conference of the CDU presidium on Monday, according to information from participants, of a significant increase in new corona infections in Germany. If these develop weekly, there will be 19,200 new infections a day at Christmas. The Chancellor had that extrapolated, it said. Schools, day care centers and the economy have priority, said Merkel. You have to address local sources of infection very clearly, otherwise you would have numbers at Christmas like in France, where the situation is extremely tense again.

Most recently, Merkel and the state heads of government discussed necessary measures in the pandemic in a video link at the end of August. Concerned about the rising number of Covid-19 infections, the federal and state governments refused to relax the requirements at the time, and in some cases even tightened them. Even then, celebrations in private and family circles, which are considered to be one of the main causes of the increasing number of infections, caused concern. The federal and state governments were unable to agree on nationwide upper limits for the number of participants.

The heads of government of the federal and state levels will discuss measures to contain the pandemic on Tuesday. Berlin’s Prime Minister Michael Müller had already prepared the population for a possible tightening of the Corona rules, including the contact options. “I do believe that we will reschedule something,” said the SPD politician before the Senate meeting and a switch between the country chiefs and Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday of the German Press Agency.

“That doesn’t have to mean that the resolutions will be implemented immediately,” said Müller. “But I believe that there must be resolutions that give us the opportunity to act quickly if a situation escalates nationwide or our traffic lights in Berlin change from yellow to red.”

The aim is to prevent a lockdown. “But of course we want to act in a targeted manner and not just say that everything will be restricted again very broadly,” explained Müller. “We’ll take a close look at where the sources of infection are. So far it has not been apparent to us that schools, the workplace, culture or sporting events are part of it. Rather, infections are more common at private parties, for example. “

Müller made it clear that he does not consider a general mask requirement in public spaces – i.e. also where sufficient distance is to be maintained – to be appropriate. This also applies to a general ban on alcohol. “That means that we are probably discussing whether a ban on alcohol or a mask requirement at certain times or in certain places is appropriate.”

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Newspaper report: 50,000 students in corona quarantine

NAfter the start of the new school year, according to a newspaper report, around 50,000 students are currently in quarantine. This was the result of a survey of the responsible ministries in the federal states, reported the “Bild” newspaper. “This number shows that we are still in the middle of the pandemic and that this is already having an impact on school operations,” said Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) to the newspaper.

The President of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, warned of a further increase in the number of infections in schools. “According to the German Teachers’ Association, the current high number of 50,000 pupils will more than double in the next three months, and probably even multiply,” he told the newspaper.

As a result, it will “become more and more difficult to control and contain outbreaks of infection,” said Meidinger. Meanwhile, the number of cases in which an infection within the school could be considered likely is increasing.

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The people are not stupid

Iisn’t that strange? There is bitter argument about what is the correct attitude – about the climate, the virus, the old man’s joke. But hardly anyone is bothered when this happens in sloppy German. It wouldn’t hurt politicians and their staff to put their mobile phones down from time to time and use Wolf Schneider’s “Deutsch für Profis” instead. The journalism teacher wrote the book in the last century, when Twitter and Co. weren’t even nightmares. But even and especially in the age of the digital revolution, his recommendations are as necessary as ever. This is also shown by a look at “Das Magazin der Bundesregierung”, which deals with German unity for the occasion.

In its “editorial”, the Chancellor repeats her statement that the coronavirus is “a democratic imposition for all of us, including me”. For all of us? We are sitting in the glass house ourselves and therefore only want to throw grains of sand. But who, the tailor (“Quality comes from torment”) personally experienced, could forget his 7th chapter? It advises: “Get rid of the adjectives!”, Especially those that “turn logic upside down because they are related to the wrong noun”. And that clearly seems to be the case with the Chancellor’s new favorite formula.

The virus would only be a democratic imposition if it had become an imposition in a democratic manner. Like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro. In the case of Sars-CoV-2, however, this does not apply, because not even the bat market in Wuhan is democratic, not to mention all of China. And no conspiracy theory known to us assumes that the German people gave themselves the virus in free self-determination. It’s not stupid. The people.

No, this pathogen is no more democratically legitimized than the humanitarian catastrophe, which one reads about again and again. Even with her it is mostly a thought accident, because only in the rarest of cases is it meant a particularly philanthropic misfortune. One such thing happened, for example, when Max and Moritz fell into the cake batter.

But sometimes the associations just run away with you. This could also be followed in the recent discussions about our “Sauerland Trump”, as Friedrich Merz is called by party friends after a report in the “Bild” newspaper. Merz was – what an imposition! – was asked out of the blue whether he had reservations about a gay chancellor (the adjective is essential here, but it is also used correctly). After Merzen’s answer, a lot of reservations against him were again expressed, which he rejected as “maliciously constructed”, which would have worked without the circumstance, but seemed far too lax. Because Merz has nothing against any relationship, “as long as it is within the framework of the law and as long as it does not affect children”.

Trump plays it safe

The relationship between FDP chairman Lindner and his former general secretary Teuteberg would have been perfectly fine for the CDU politician even if it had not only consisted of 300 morning phone calls. But the worm can also be in a pure employment relationship, even after it has ended, as Lindner’s “extremely misleading” formulation showed at the party congress, for which he later apologized publicly, “if it hurt Linda and other observers’ feelings Observers ”.

“If” – Lindner is not sure whether his joke was really enough to hurt feelings. Donald Trump plays it safe from the start. About the Duchess of Sussex, who was born in California and lives there, but who certainly will not vote for him, the American President said bluntly: “I don’t like her very much.” He wishes her husband “Harry the best of luck. He will need it. ”Even Putin does not reveal so directly who he considers a democratic imposition. The Kremlin said they were “pleased” with Alexei Navalny’s progressive recovery. But even with this predicate everyone knows how it is really meant.

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Friede Springer and Mathias Döpfner in the YouTube video – media

Can love be a sin? No, no, she can’t, and certainly not when she appears so pure, so innocent as in the film that has been in the big fairy tale chest on YouTube since the day before yesterday. A man in his prime does not exchange rings with a woman in even better years, but does exchange nice thoughts. The situation is very intimate, but we can be there, see and hear the man stammering. With a sigh, he almost confesses to his beloved that he is “a little lacking in words”, but then he brings it out completely, the arch-poetic sentence: “I always wanted that restless sleep of the lover.”

But oh, that’s not true at all, that was a hearing mistake, the man says something completely different: “I always wanted that restless sleep of the entrepreneur.” As lovingly as the two look into each other’s eyes, as encouragingly as she pats his arm and assures “We can do it, Mathias!”, The disappointed romantic in the audience soon notices that this is about money, about a lot of money. Friede Springer, the main shareholder of Axel Springer, is giving her young CEO Mathias Döpfner, 57, shares worth more than one billion euros, and is also transferring his own voting rights to him. And yet love has to be involved, the two radiate out into the world so enthusiastically from this act of donation (the video is also subtitled in English) that no one thinks about the stupid money anymore. Everyone should know, everyone should experience how happy she is. “I feel very good,” said 78-year-old Friede Springer, now that “the contracts are so far”. One would have to have the heart of a Bismarck monument not to be touched by this chiseled sentence: “Mathias, you will be my successor.”

It is, Goddess complained, simply too little love in the world, all the more comforting for us that we are allowed to witness this spectacle of tender intimacy. There is a lot of wood in the background, and if you didn’t see the bibliophile volumes on the right edge of the picture, you could assume that the two found each other in the Finnish sauna. Years ago Döpfner declared that he was the last to sweat among colleagues, but here he seems a bit overwhelmed. From money or not from luck?

Because love is not “this birding in and out” like Franz Josef Wagner to us poeta laureatus from Image, just let know, but “when my partner pushes me in a wheelchair, when I remain loyal to him in illness and need”. So it has to be love after all, and such a pretty little billion as a morning gift is certainly not to be despised.

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“The only suspects here, they’re always just us”

“This is the shop,” one youth whispers to the other. They dare not do more than take a sneak peek at the olive-green half-timbered house. Anyone passing the jewelry store in it these days either throws a shy glance in the direction of the shop window like the two of them – or inspects it carefully. Magnificent earrings, for example, filigree glasses, a small bronze dachshund and a laughing hodja made of brightly painted ceramic. The room behind it looks gloomy, only the white porcelain flashes here and there from the showcases. “Temporarily closed” it says on a note stuck behind the glass door pane. However, another message on the door met with the interest of the passers-by: “Officially sealed Police Inspection Celle”.

Here in the old town of Celle, which was miraculously spared the bombs of World War II and in which the half-timbered houses stand in a row, shots rang out on Monday afternoon. Two men entered the half-timbered house that day, apparently with the aim of robbing the jewelry store. The two are now dead: one died on site, the other died in hospital from his injuries. The fatal bullets come from the gun of the 71-year-old shopkeeper.

The public prosecutor’s office in Lüneburg is investigating the two alleged perpetrators who have died because of attempted robbery and suspected manslaughter of the owner of the jewelry store. It is also checked to what extent the gold and antiques dealer must act in self-defense. After initially exercising his right to refuse to give evidence, he has now signaled his willingness to give evidence through his lawyer. Both the jeweler and his wife are due to be questioned in the coming week.

Identity of a perpetrator still unknown

The shop owner already made initial statements to the “Bild” newspaper. In a video, the man, who is visibly in shock, speaks in a fragile voice, gasping for breath between the words. “Upside down, my wife, I was scared and just shot the man who threatened me with a gun,” he stammered. Accordingly, one of the perpetrators jumped over the counter, pounced on the shop owner’s wife and took up a weapon. The man, as the wife of the jeweler of the “Bild” said, had choked her “until my eyes went black”.

Forensics on Tuesday in Celle


Forensics on Tuesday in Celle
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Hardly any of the shopkeepers want to talk about what happened here in their little street. Happy party hits can be heard from the bar diagonally across from the jewelry store, men with red noses swaying in the bar, it’s late afternoon. When asked about the robbery, the man behind the counter only taps his beer in silence, a guest takes a long sip from his beer glass, his gaze fixed on the slot machine. “I have an alibi,” says one. “I was on vacation”, the other.

In the meantime, the identity of one of the two suspects has been determined. The 35-year-old man has a criminal record for theft, is a German citizen and was most recently registered in Dortmund in 2018, according to the Lüneburg public prosecutor’s office. At least one of the perpetrators also carried a weapon. Whether he also fired shots and whether his weapon was a live firearm or a blank firing weapon is still the subject of the investigation. A first police investigation, however, indicates a live weapon.

Offenders used a wheelchair

At the time of the crime, the lady from the clothing store opposite the jewelry store would actually have been in her shop. Standing between long sequined dresses and suits, she looks through her small window three days after the crime. A song from a Bollywood film is playing in the background. She knows the jeweler by sight. Greet each other and wish each other “good morning” and “have a nice evening”. She left her shop on Monday just because of an appointment at the bank. When they returned, the entire street was cordoned off by the police.

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Shitstorm against RBB podcast with Somuncu and Schroeder

Dhe invention of the radio set in motion a process of professionalization. With the complex technology, journalistic formats developed, from news to entertainment programs. These were not an end in themselves, but served and followed the interests of the listener. Who has wanted to listen to the pointless talk of other people for hours? You got that at home too.

That has all changed in the meantime, because thanks to digitization, anyone can make radio – with a podcast. Podcasts can be very professional, but they sometimes create works of epic length that are reminiscent of the live broadcast of conversations at the kitchen table. Everything is discussed, even the greatest nonsense: Unfortunately, it is not immediately forgotten, but archived for posterity.

So on Sunday, September 6th, the two comedians Florian Schroeder and Serdar Somuncu started a new podcast for RBB and its channel “Radio eins”. They were announced by the broadcaster as a big double. The two of them “concentrated on subjecting the general political and social weather situation to a solid analysis that has never been heard before”.

That was correct: on the broadcast date, only a few hundred people listened to the two. It remained with this response – until today. Until a journalist published an almost two-minute excerpt from Somuncu on his Twitter account from the three-hour and ten-minute Magnum opus.

“Gypsy sauce” and others

In short, this is about appropriate or inappropriate use of language. It starts with the “gypsy sauce” and ends – to put it very cautiously – with the question of whether there is a connection between the supposed sexual activities of journalists and their texts.

Somuncu puts it in a much more rustic way, perhaps to avoid any appearance that should be taken literally. Or did he not think anything about this invective other than insulting women? Maybe he was also thinking something about it, namely to piss off his audience, which was still missing at the time.

This reaction is factored in. So the two ask themselves whether they can even appear again after this first show. Or whether the podcast would be shortened at certain points. In any case, you are sure that the indignation rituals work in the digital media: Somuncu only has to make sexually lascivious feminists, because he is sure of the shitstorm. Although he incorporates the distancing at this point: He “doesn’t mean it and it is much more important what I mean and not what I say”.

It took nine days for it to ignite. The journalist Malcolm Ohanwe made sure of this by publishing the excerpt, which we do not want to quote here verbatim, on Twitter. Now what Somuncu had expected happened. The Twitter storm broke out. Racism and sexism are even the more polite allegations made at Somuncu. The “Tagesspiegel” columnist Hatice Akyün found a linguistically congenial reply that we then quote: Somuncu “just has to be really fucked again, as unrelaxed as he is right now”. Schroeder, on the other hand, gives journalists like Gabor Steingart or Henryk Broder identical advice in the podcast, which at least gives the impression that this is about political satire.

The second in the group: the cabaret artist Florian Schroeder.


The second in the group: the cabaret artist Florian Schroeder.
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The debate is now underway on Twitter about what else can be said – and what not. Of course you can say anything, including any nonsense. It just shouldn’t violate personal rights. Somuncu’s defenders argue with freedom from satire. After all, satire should equate everything, including police officers, with garbage.

The reactions to Somuncu and Schroeder would have been different if another excerpt from the podcast had been published. For example, the two argued for almost an hour in the “Bild” newspaper. Its editor-in-chief is “the devil in person in the German media landscape and belongs in court,” it says. Julian Reichelt is “absolutely taboo” and a “gunman”, the “Bild” newspaper is a “declaration of war on civilization” and a “foreign body in this society.” With this excerpt, Schroeder and Somuncu would have been comfortable with those who are now upset Storms of enthusiasm reaped.

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Press Council reprimands “Bild” report on Drosten study – media

The German Press Council has issued twelve new reprimands, one of which, according to the announcement, concerns the reporting of the image– Newspaper for the pre-publication of a study by the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten. After its publication, the article attracted widespread attention not only in the industry. In the text “Questionable methods: Drosten study on infectious children grossly wrong” had image reported in May 2020 about criticism of a recording of the coronavirus and the contagion potential of children. The Complaints Committee of the Press Council recognized several serious violations of journalistic due diligence in accordance with Section 2 of the Press Code.

“In the opinion of the members, the formulation that the study was ‘grossly wrong’ is not covered by the expert opinions quoted in the text. The article also does not mention that it was a pre-publication, the results of which had not yet been verified by experts “says the press council’s announcement. In addition, the editors cite the study imprecisely and claim, “Children ‘can’ be as contagious as adults, which in the English-language original was worded much more vaguely as ‘could’.” The complaints committee also considered the one hour period that the editorial staff had given the virologist Drosten to comment as too short. In addition, the article assumed that Drosten might have suppressed facts.

The Press Council dealt with a total of 115 complaints, of which 61 were considered well-founded and 38 were considered unfounded. The image received two further reprimands for violating the criteria of the preliminary conviction and for serious violations of victim protection. Two reprimands were also issued against Bild.de for these reasons, and another one for violating the press code in the course of the publication of a video wanted by the New York police.

Furthermore, derwesten.de was reprimanded for “blatant clickbaitings” in three articles and violation of journalistic due diligence and nordkurier.de for an “inappropriately sensational representation of violence, brutality and suffering” in the reporting of a criminal trial on sexual abuse. The Saxon newspaper has violated the press code, in which she made unfounded hopes for protection against corona by using an oral spray, according to the press council.

Surreptitious advertising was also reprimanded

The magazine Petra receives a complaint because of the violation of the principle of the clear separation of editorial and advertising for surreptitious advertising, similar to the car magazine Off Road. Mädchen.de was also reprimanded for violating the requirement to strictly separate advertising and editorial offices, for example with headlines like: “These jeans from H&M suit every girl”. Also the Gala was reprimanded for a report that crossed the line of surreptitious advertising.

The public reprimand is the toughest sanction of the complaints committee of the German Press Council. Public reprimands must be published by the respective medium. The complaints committee of the German Press Council recently also dealt with the controversial one taz-Column “All Cops are disabled”. Here the committee had decided that there was no violation in the column and that the author’s statements were covered by freedom of expression.

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Franz Beckenbauer turns 75: Emperor with downsides

NEven at his seventieth he was different. And that is the problem today, on Franz Beckenbauer’s 75th birthday. Just five years have passed since a man and a fairy-tale life were depicted in numerous articles on his birthday that no longer exist when Franz Beckenbauer is mentioned these days: an emperor, a figure of light, a German success story incarnate.

On his 75th birthday, the darker side of a life that many thought didn’t exist are pushing forward. Some hoped and wished, perhaps even himself, that he had the magic to banish the shadows for life. But Franz Beckenbauer’s bad health, the pain caused by his son who died a few years ago, are real. Just like the long shadows of the summer fairy tale that carried him almost fifteen years ago, at the 2006 World Cup, to the height of his work. Franz Beckenbauer had entered into secret pacts for this, for which he now, in old age, has to pay a high price. One that he probably no longer expected himself.

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