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23 September 2020

Launch of the German Press Freedom Police Codex in Leipzig

The Police and the press – the two professions are closely linked to each other. Though their professional relationship is intertwined, there is an alarmingly high number of conflicts, which threaten press freedom. To build mutual respect, to establish a relationship of trust and to protect the right to free reporting the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and its partners developed the Press Freedom Police Codex. The Codex is designed to guide individual police decisions, to raise awareness and provide a starting point for a sustainable dialogue between the police, the press and the public.

On 15 September ECPMF presented the German version of the press freedom police codex in Leipzig. In a panel discussion between journalists (Arndt Ginzel and Anett Selle) and representatives of the police (Jörg Radek, Deputy Chairman of the Police Union (GDP) and Udo Götze, State Secretary in the Thuringian Ministry of the Interior)  a controversial debate took place.

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