Why this story matters:
Austria's far-right Freedom Party appears to be continuing its attack on the country's journalists.
Vice Chancellor Strache posted a picture of Armin Wolf of the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) along with the following comment:
"There is a place where lies become news. This is the ORF."
This is a step further for the Freedom Party, who until now, had mostly shared and re-tweeted existing material criticizing reporters.
The fact that such a high-ranking state representative would vocally express criticism of a well-respected journalist indicates that the conflict between the media and the new ruling coalition is gaining steam.
Details from the story:
- The Vice Chancellor's post was accompanied by the word "Satire!" and a smiley face.
- Wolf stated that he cannot accept the attack and intends to react: "The limit has to be drawn somewhere", Wolf tweeted.
- He further explained that he was stunned by the Vice Chancellor's action, and that the use of the word "Satire" does not prevent the Facebook post from being libel.
- Editors Hanna Herbst and Colette M. Schmidt, from Vice and Der Standart respectively, were personally attacked via social media by associations affiliated with the Freedom Party.