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In order to draw the attention of more readers to our website, we made announcements in numerous German daily newspapers, weekly newspapers and magazines, also in Austria, and also in Switzerland.

In Germany the BILD and the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung and Die Welt refused to print our wake-up call. Since on the basis of the correspondence between the Alliance for Democracy and the two last mentioned newspapers we doubt very much to what extent freedom of expression still really applies in Germany, Die Welt at least confirmed what we already suspected: The announcement was “not printed because of its political content”. Nor could it be established to what extent the political content of our announcement weighed in the balance, since Die Welt declined to state its position on this matter.

The entire process is unthinkable in a democracy, and also an untenable condition and a severe violation of the fundamental legal right of freedom of expression. When journalists make policy, and how deeply they are involved can be seen from their reports about the Euro crisis, which disguise, cover up and conceal the situation, then the press has long since departed from its true tasks of reporting and explaining political matters; involvement in political affairs, and making themselves jointly responsible for political mistakes, is not the task of the press.

Although it must be embarrassing enough for the above papers to be cited here in this context, we are first bringing an action against the BILD, since one department had declared itself ready to print our announcement, and we had already paid the quoted fee. Then the paper made a retraction, so that we found ourselves compelled to demand performance of the contract.

In the course of the ongoing legal proceedings, the Axel Springer AG has now retracted its retraction, and agreed to publish the advertisements of the Alliance for Democracy. The current proceedings were thus concluded with a settlement, by which the Axel Springer AG under Item 1 explicitly undertook to publish the previously rejected advertisement in the BILD, Die Welt and the Welt am Sonntag – promptly of course.

Part of the settlement was a concession by the Alliance for Democracy as regards the out-of-court legal fees incurred and the agreement that the Court should decide on the costs according to the status of the dispute so far. The Court however, contrary to the actual agreement, assumed that a case exists in which no agreement was made concerning the costs incurred, and decided not to decide on the costs according to the status of the dispute, but in accordance with § 98 ZPO, and that the costs should be borne jointly.

Despite the unfortunate costs decision, the Alliance for Democracy considers this as a victory in the case and therefore also a victory of democracy, especially the constitutional right to freedom of expression in a media environment which unfortunately all too often pursues only its own interests.