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December 27, 2010

German publisher Springer unveils iPad-only project

The Axel Springer Academy, established by Germany's eponymous publishing group, said Wednesday it would create a magazine designed to be viewed exclusively on the Apple iPad, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). "Kraftwerk D" is to cost 2.39 euros (3.20 dollars), would be assembled by 18 students and would mark "a world premiere for a school of journalism," a statement said. The first issue was designed as a review of 2010 and relies heavily on multi-media and people who had not been... MORE
December 22, 2010

WikiLeaks surpasses Spiegel as most quoted source for opinion-building in Germany

WikiLeaks has surpassed Spiegel as the most quoted source in opinion-leading German media in the first two weeks of December, according to Zurich-based Media Tenor International. According to Media Tenor’s ongoing continuous analysis of quotations in the 40 most important German media for more than a decade, Spiegel has held the pole position from the beginning. “With Spiegel being one of the global media releasing the leaked documents, the decline of the quotations may be a lesser issue for... MORE
August 3, 2010

Lawsuit in Germany against two journalists in the 'Saxony Corruption Quagmire'

Criminal proceedings have been initiated in Dresden against two Leipzig journalists. The charges arise from articles written in news magazine Der Spiegel and in Zeit Online in 2008 on the “Saxony Corruption Quagmire” – a possible corruption affair that could have involved high-ranking members of the legal system. Ginzel and Datt were the authors of the Zeit Online report and co-authors of the Spiegel article. They have been accused of making insulting allegations, defamation, and libel. “... MORE
July 13, 2010

News agencies stare each other down in shrinking German market

More than 20 years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin is taking a small step toward establishing itself as the media hub of Germany, as the country’s biggest news agency and a newly reinvigorated rival consolidate their operations in the city this summer, says a New York Times report. Yet in an echo of the Cold War divide, relations between the agencies — D.P.A, which was founded in postwar West Germany, and D.A.P.D., which traces some of its roots to the former Communist East — have turned... MORE
October 8, 2007

Major German newspaper shows off new look with front-page fotos

BERLIN: Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Europe's most conservative daily newspapers when it comes to design, has brightened its front page by adding photographs and dropping the last vestiges of its antiquated typeface. The paper said the changes were a concession to a more hurried age in which readers had less time to navigate through the newspaper, and fewer people found time for regular reading. But it said it wasn't giving up its serious approach: "Much is different, but... MORE
August 7, 2007

Germany to investigate 17 journalists in CIA prison documents leak case

Seventeen German journalists are under investigation in the alleged leak of classified documents given to a parliamentary committee. The documents related to a parliamentary inquiry into possible German government complicity in CIA prisoner flights and the detention of two men. German opposition parties have condemned a criminal investigation into journalists accused of quoting from classified documents shown to a parliamentary panel on the activities of the country's intelligence services... MORE
July 9, 2007

IFJ, WAZ pledge to 'make co-operation work' as commission backs global agreement

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and German media group Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ Mediengruppe) pledged to work together to ensure that journalists produce quality journalism all over Europe after the two signed the first-ever global framework agreement in the media sector. In a special event in Brussels the European Commission backed the historic agreement and welcomed this industry-based effort to strengthen quality journalism in Europe. “The essence of press... MORE
July 4, 2007

WAZ and IFJ sign historic global media agreement

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today signed the first-ever global framework agreement in the media sector with Germany’s WAZ Media Group in a move that commits both sides to work together to protect freedom of the press, to promote quality standards in journalism and to secure fair working conditions for employees in the media. “It’s a breakthrough, which paves the way for similar initiatives with other trans-national media enterprises,” says IFJ Secretary General Aidan White... MORE
February 27, 2007

Top German court boosts press freedom

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has rapped the security services on the knuckles for searching the offices of a political magazine to identify who leaked a confidential police report. In what media are hailing as a significant reaffirmation of press freedom in Germany, the court ruled that the search had breached the constitution which enshrines the right of journalists to protect their sources. The monthly political magazine Cicero had published an article about Islamic terrorist Abu... MORE
March 16, 2006

Two journalists charged in Germany over secret Zarqawi report

Two journalists were charged with exposing German state secrets on al Qaeda's frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in a case their defenders called a blow to press freedom. Prosecutors in the city of Potsdam, near Berlin, said on Wednesday they were pursuing a case against German reporter Bruno Schirra and the foreign editor of Swiss newspaper Sonntagsblick, Johannes von Dohnanyi, over an article for the German political monthly Cicero in April 2005. Authorities believe Dohnanyi obtained a... MORE