The Thuringian AfD leader and top candidate for the state election, Björn Höcke, has ended an interview with ZDF abruptly. As previously agreed, it was in the conversation that was broadcast on Sunday evening in the show Berlin directly to Höckes language and Nazi terms.
For example, the editor had put forward statements by Höck to other AfD politicians and asked them: "Is this from Mein Kampf or from Mr. Höcke?" In one example, the AfD member of the Bundestag Jens Maier replied: "If, rather from Mein Kampf would say, but not from Mr. Höcke. "
Höcke said in the interview: "I do not believe that there is a general definition of what an NSD is, what NS is." Critics who accuse him of a linguistic proximity to National Socialism are "job markers". They wanted to "contaminate what is allegedly unmanageable," he said.
After about a quarter of an hour Höcke broke off the conversation. "We finish the interview. (...) Then it's clear that there will not be an interview with me anymore," he said. Asked if this was a threat, Höcke said, "No, that's just a statement, because I'm just human, too." Asked another question, "What could come?" Hats answered: "Maybe I'll be an interesting personal, political person in this country. Could be."
Höcke's spokesman accuses ZDF of "emotional issues"
According to ZDF, Höckes' press spokesman intervened before saying, "I would say that we should just repeat that, it will not work, it will not work, they have now confronted Mr. Höck with questions that have deeply emotionalized him so not on TV. "
But the ZDF editor refused to repeat: The AfD politician could, like any other conversation partner, not only get asked questions that are convenient for him. Höcke had assumed, according to his own statements, that it would primarily be about the lobbying campaign in Thuringia. On the other hand, the ZDF emphasizes that it should not be about Thuringia but about the importance ofHökhe.
The interview was conducted last Wednesday in Erfurt. The ZDF has put the complete conversation and the wording online.
The national chairman of the German Association of Journalists (DJV), Frank Überall, said in the evening, it was completely correct that the ZDF colleague had agreed to "irrigate" the interview in Höcke's sense. Everywhere Björn Höcke had said "another dark chapter in the disturbed dealings of the AfD with the freedom of the press in general and critical journalists in particular".