ROUNDUP: Criticism of SMS – publishers accept Döpfner’s apology

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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Newspaper publishers have accepted an apology from the association president and Springer boss Mathias Döpfner to a controversial private text message. The Federal Association of Digital Publishers and Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) announced on Wednesday after a regular meeting of the Presidium: “At the beginning of the meeting, Mathias Döpfner once again presented the occurrence and the context of his private statement and reiterated his distancing and an express apology During the discussion, the members of the Presidium found Döpfner’s explanations and arguments to be consistent with a large majority and accepted his apology. “

The head of the Axel Springer Group (“Bild”, “Welt”) had written in the older short message to the writer Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre about the former “Bild” editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt, who had been relieved of his duties a few weeks ago: “He’s really the last and only journalist in Germany” who is still “brave” in revolting against the “new GDR authoritarian state”. “Almost everyone else has become propaganda assistants. One makes many powerful enemies every day.” The US newspaper “New York Times” quoted the text message in a report in October and made it public.

Springer then classified the content as irony. There was criticism in the publishing industry, in some cases it was also expressed publicly. As president of the association, Döpfner expressed his regret in a letter to the publishers. At the same time he asked for support “with the tasks of the association”. The BDZV then announced that the Presidium would discuss the criticism of the text message in the next meeting.


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