PPF condemns the online harassment of German journalist

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany has expressed concern over the threats and online harassment to the German journalist Georg Restle.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter has condemned the threats and harassment to the journalist for sharing his views and urged the authorities to look into this matter and ensure safety of Restle.

According to the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), on July 11, Restle had critically commented on the right wing party “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) and termed it the “parliamentary arm of a right-wing extremist movement” in a commentary at the news broadcast “Tagesthemen”.

Talking about “Identitäre Bewegung”, an organisation recently categorized as a “right-wing extremist movement” by the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Restle demanded AfD to be labelled right-wing extremist too.

Restle, who is the chief editor of the investigative magazine “Monitor”, faced severe criticisms on social media and from AfD and also received threatening letter.