Liberty Lounge

This attitude of the journalists over the conduct of the right-wing is quite understandable and should also not be criticized. No problem with the tobacco industry, or: the silence of the Lambs is strange only that the journalists very much like an attack on the freedom of the press by the tobacco industry can be, namely kritik – and without comment. The most bizarre example of this is the “liberty Award” of the Reemtsma group. opinions on the subject. Precisely in the name of freedom of the press, a highly selective control of approved journalists according to the usefulness for the tobacco industry is made. The website of the German Association of journalists is a modestly silent to this appropriation of journalists for the interests of the tobacco lobby network. Also in this year a goodly number of senior journalists at the Grand has gathered on the evening of 17 may, Hyatt Berlin, to dining at the expense of the Reemtsma group once so really lavish, and without regard to any To health and safety laws in the “Liberty Lounge” smoke. None of the invited media and representatives of the press has complained about the muzzle related, no one noticed negative, that film and TV crews were excluded. It may sound, perhaps slightly sarcastic, when someone brings up understanding that the prize money of 15,000 euro and the recognition related may be increasing a hard-boiled professional journalists to head. When such a sum could get in temptation, to turn a blind eye – the noble ideals of freedom of the press must be Yes not always so literally, or? After reporting the Reemtsma group at the “liberty Award” has delegated his extremely professional PR staff, is, a journalist excellent for its independence save independent reporting and celebrate yourself (can), or? Only a rogue would get the idea that the secrecy of event details, participants or possible Conflicts of interest through prize money and other benefits bought been be could, or? Even the journalists who must pull away without a cent of the prize money and be satisfied only with a sumptuous banquet and the offered free tobacco, indulge in regarding this event of a downright terrifying absence.