Provider deletes reporting portal from AfD members to journalism

The Hamburg-based website provider Jimdo has deleted a reporting portal initiated by several AFD Bundestag deputies with a so-called "dropout program for mainstream journalists". The website had been taken on Thursday morning from the network, the company told the German Press Agency.

Jimdo offers a website and online shop kit especially for small business owners. In the company's view, the publication of the AfD violates "our policies and our values." The page, which has existed since Wednesday, was called to "anti-democratic action". Criticized journalists are also mentioned by name on the site and this only a few days after the NPD in Hanover has demonstrated against named journalists.

The member of the Bund Petr Bystron said that he and three other AfD MEPs initiated reporting portal for journalists who are fed up with "fake news, manipulation and one-sided reporting". The press release on the portal had been encouraged to "expose states" and report them. The speech was of a "dropout program".

In the past, the AfD had always been extremely critical of public service broadcasting in Germany. On the criticism of Jimdo ("anti-democratic action") Bystron said the opposite was the case.

The German Journalists Association (DJV) evaluated the action as a "provocation against critical journalism", The DJV Federal President Frank Überall said: "The attempt to ridicule journalists fits in with the party's policy of offending and defaming critical reporters wherever it is possible."

Bystron said on Thursday afternoon that they had switched to another server. The new site was not accessible in the meantime. The case is reminiscent of teacher reporting portals that the AfD had launched in several states so that students and parents report alleged violations to schools – especially when it comes to criticizing the AfD.


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