The Linksunten-Soligruppe Freiburg informed on Friday about a series of events against the ban on the website »linksunten.indymedia.org«:
In August 2017, the Ministry of the Interior banned the left media platform linksunten.indymedia.org. Since then, the open posting platform has been painfully missed by many activists and those interested in politics, and continues to criticize this act of repression. On January 29, 2020, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig decides on the censorship of the online medium. A nationwide demonstration against the ban will take place on January 25th. After the trial date, a protest event under the motto “Defend Left Media” at the Bertoldsbrunnen will be held in Freiburg on February 1st at 4:00 p.m.
Freiburg citizens have joined together to form a linksunten solo group to mobilize in protest against the ban. That is why the series of events »Warm up against censorship« takes place in Freiburg in January to look at the ban on the open-posting platform »Linksunten-Indymedia« from different perspectives. The focus was on free media, digital self-defense and anti-repression. Both workshops and content-related events will take place.
The GEW has passed the 280,000 member hurdle, as the education union announced on Friday:
The Education and Science Union (GEW) has passed the 280,000 member hurdle (280,350 members as of December 31, 2019). As a result, it saw membership growth of 0.34 percent last year. »The positive trend in member development has continued. We see this as a confirmation of the work that we have done in recent years. I am particularly pleased that we are attracting more and more young people to the GEW, very many of them women, «said GEW chairwoman Marlis Tepe on Thursday in Frankfurt a. M. The proportion of women in the GEW is a good 70 percent – and the trend is rising.
The lobby control association welcomed the verdict against AfD chef Jörg Meuthen and asked him to resign on Friday:
Lobbycontrol welcomes the decision of the Berlin Administrative Court against the AfD. The campaign aid provided by Swiss Goal AG for party leader Jörg Meuthen has been judicially classified as an illegal party donation. The AfD should now finally stop fighting against the transparency rules for parties. Jörg Meuthen also has to take consequences and step down as party leader. He bears personal responsibility for the hidden cash flows, as the court confirmed.
»The AfD has been trying for years to boggle the transparency rules in the party law. It is good that the court has now shown her the red card, «explains Annette Sawatzki from Lobbycontrol. »Anonymous money has no business in politics. Election campaigns whose donors disguise their identity distort political competition and manipulate public opinion. «(…)