Federal court decides: on the left, a radical Internet portal is prohibited

The radical left-wing Internet platform "on the left below.Indymedia" is prohibited. The Federal administrative court decided on Wednesday evening in Leipzig.

Federal court decides: on the left, a radical Internet portal is prohibited

The radical left-wing Internet platform "on the left below.Indymedia" is prohibited. The Federal administrative court decided on Wednesday evening in Leipzig. It dismissed claims of the alleged operator teams against the ban. (Az.: BVerwG 6 A 1.19 to BVerwG 6 A, 5.19) "links below.Indymedia" was an Association which was formed in 2008 for the purpose of creating a left-wing counter-public sphere, said the Chairman judge of the 6. Senate, Ingo, in the opinion of the court.

If all of the ban reasons which had led the Federal Ministry of the interior for the ban were correct, not verified by the court, however. Decisive for this was, that the plaintiff is well-known as members of the alleged Association. To challenge such a prohibition is entitled "a rule, only the Association," said force.

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Four men and a woman accused as individuals. You had been provided by the Federal Ministry of the interior of 2017 as alleged members of the operator team, the ban orders the course. A club they would not have formed, however, according to their attorneys - as such, it had been only designed by the Ministry of the interior. "The fact that the Association has not complained, not based on the fact that he could, but he didn't want it," said Wolfgang Roth, the Ministry argued before the court, the Ministry of the interior.

The Federal administrative court is first and final instance for complaints against Association bans responsible. The lawyers for the plaintiff announced to draw with the cases, probably before the Federal constitutional court. You will see fundamental rights curtailed. The purpose of the Association's prohibition was directed "solely to a restriction on the freedom of expression and freedom of the press," said lawyer Sven Adam, who represented a plaintiff.

The Federal interior Ministry had said the club ban in 2017 after riots on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. On the platform had been called to the left-wing extremist crimes, it was said to the grounds.

The trial was held in Leipzig just two and a half years later, under increased safety precautions. On Saturday it came at a solidarity Demonstration against the ban of the Internet platform to riots. A lot of snow, sleet, thunderstorm, smoothness: Here weather underground Lolita today to FOCUS Online a Lot of snow, sleet, thunderstorm, smoothness: Here weather underground Lolita today

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Updated Date: 30 January 2020, 12:11

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