Berlin / Erfurt (dpa) - An interview of the ZDF with the AfD-leading candidate for the state election in Thuringia, Björn Höcke, has ended with a scandal.
The conversation that aired on Sunday evening in the program "Berlin direkt", was initially about the language of the politician from the right-wing national wing and Nazi concepts. According to ZDF about ten minutes intervened Höckes press secretary and said: «I would say that we should just repeat. That does not work like this. That does not work like this. They have now confronted Mr. Höcke with questions that have deeply emotionalized him. These emotions, I think, should not be brought on TV. "
A repeat rejected the ZDF editor. Höcke had assumed that it would go primarily to the state election campaign. The ZDF emphasizes that by agreement it should not go to Thuringia, but the federal significance of Höckes.
A few minutes later, Höcke said, "We're finishing the interview. (...) Then it's clear that there's no interview with me for you." When asked if that was a threat, Höcke said, "No, that's just a statement, because I too am only human. "To the further question:" What could come, "Höcke replied:" Maybe I'll be an interesting personal, political person in this country. Could be. »
The interview was conducted last Wednesday in Erfurt. The ZDF has put the complete interview and the wording online.
The Federal Chairman of the German Journalists Association, Frank Überall, said in the evening, it was completely correct that the ZDF colleague had not agreed to "irrigate" the interview in Höcke's sense. "Björn Höcke has opened another dark chapter in the disturbed dealings of the AfD with press freedom in general and critical journalists in particular," criticized Überall.
Interview on ZDF