In a case that may serve as precedent in Germany, a German administrative court ruled last week thatpolice must reveal the nationality of a suspect to the press if a journalist makes the request.
The Hanover Administrative Court granted a reporter’s urgent application on Tuesday, according to which the authorities were obliged to provide information to the press in order to “fulfill their public task”.
“The press fulfills a public task when it procures and disseminates news in matters of public interest, takes a position, criticizes or otherwise participates in the formation of opinion”, said the reasoning for the decision that was made public on Wednesday, according to areportfrom Berlin-based newspaper Junge Freiheit.
In Germany and other European countries, a perpetrator’s national origins has become a matter of public interest. The continent’s growing migrant populations have been tied to increased crime inGermany,Sweden,France,
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