A Palestinian-Jordanian journalist fired by Deutsche Welle is taking her case to court.
Farah Maraqa was dismissed by the German state broadcaster in February amid a purge of Arab journalists.
At a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, a judge heard from lawyers for both Maraqa and Deutsche Welle. The Electronic Intifada has learned that the parties will now submit written motions before the next hearing set for July.deeply biased and misleading report concluding that they deserved dismissal for statements that “amounted to anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial or Holocaust relativism, as well as statements that denied Israel’s right to exist.” That report was co-authored by a former German justice minister and Ahmad Mansour, a psychologist whose anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and pro-Israel views have made him a darling of German media and state-funded institutions.
A week later, Deutsche Welle fired two more Palestinian journalists.
The purge comes amid an accelerating crackdown on media freedoms in the European Union under the banner of fighting “disinformation.”
Last May, Deutsche Welle issued internal guidelines severely limiting the freedom of its journalists and on-air guests to criticize or accurately describe Israel.Azov Battalion.