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NEWS ROUNDUP 15 Feb 2018

Anchorman sues Vice Chancellor over Facebook post

Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria

Austrian Vice Chancellor Hans-Christian Strache is being sued over Facebook allegations about tv presenter Armin Wolf.

Austria Smoke signals

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.  

media, scandal, politics

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.

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