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Krystian Woznicki on Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:32:59 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> Threat to the Freedom of the Press in Europe | The Case of Netzpolitik


Dear nettimers,

the German government accuses the independent
news website Netzpolitik.org of treason over leaks.

It is a great threat to the Freedom of the Press in Europe,
therefore we need to speak out. Below I am forwarding
the *open letter* issued by *Jacob Appelbaum* and *Marie Gutbub*
*soliciting solidarity*. Please join and spread the word.

Here two articles from the Guardian if you have not heard
about the case of Netzpolitik yet:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/31/german-government-accuses-news-website-of-treason-over-leaks

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/31/germany-halts-treason-inquiry-journalists-surveillance-protests

Kind regards,

Krystian
 
-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Open letter
Date: 	Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:20:43 +0000
From: 	Marie Gutbub <marie.gutbub {AT} systemli.org>
To: 	kw {AT} berlinergazette.de
CC: 	Jacob Appelbaum <jacob {AT} appelbaum.net>

Dear Krystian,

We are writing to you because there is a grave threat to the freedom of
the press in Europe. The investigation into Netzpolitik is serious and
requires a public statement from prominent members of the working press.
The following statement is what we believe is reasonable and concise:

"The investigation against Netzpolitik for treason and their unknown
sources is an attack against the free press. Charges of treason against
journalists performing their essential work is a violation of the fifth
article of the German constitution. We demand an end to the
investigation into Netzpolitik and their unknown sources."

We would like your signature and any affiliation on this simple
statement - will you sign it?

If you have a suggestion for other journalists, editors or related
workers who might also be interested in signing this statement as well,
we'd love to hear the best way to contact them.

Additionally, it would be wonderful to publish this in English and
German in as many media outlets as possible. Would you be willing to
publish it anywhere once we've finished collecting signatures?

Sincerely,

Marie Gutbub and Jacob Appelbaum


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