German far-right politician loses 'Nazi slut' legal case

The slur was aired in late April

Alice Weidel was accused of being a 'Nazi slut' by a satirical TV programme

Friday, May 19, 2017

A far-right politician in Germany has lost her legal fight against a satirical TV show which called a "Nazi slut."

Judges in Hamburg told Alice Weidel that, as public figure, she must learn to "put up with" extra scrutiny and criticism.

They also found that the extra 3 programme, broadcast by NDR, was a work of satire and thuse protected by freedom of speech laws.

In a show on April 27, comedian Christian Ehring showed viewers a clip of Weidel, a leading member of the right-wing Alternativ fur Deutschland (AfD) party, in which she said political correctness belonged to "the garbage heap of history."

Ehring said "That’s right! Let’s put an end to political correctness. The Nazi slut is right. Was this incorrect enough? I hope so!”

Although Weidel took legal action, the judges found that viewers would see the term "Nazi" as a gross exaggeration of her political beliefs, and would not be led to assume she was actually a Nazi sympathiser.

However Weidel, the joint top candidate for AfD in September's election, has vowed to continue her fight and appealed to a higher court to prevent the extra 3 programme being rebroadcast.

AfD, which is known for its hard line on Islam and the European Union, has suffered a dip in popularity in recent months, but is nonetheless tipped to earn enough votes in September's elections to earn representation in Parliament - which would mean Weidel entered parliament.

 

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