Horst Seehofer waives criminal charges for column - page 1

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) refrains from filing a criminal complaint in the taz for a police-critical column . Instead, he would invite the editor-in-chief of the newspaper to his ministry "to discuss the article and its effects with her," said Seehofer. He would also contact the German Press Council because the column "is, in my opinion, a serious violation of the press code".

Hengameh Yaghoobifarah's controversial column appeared in the taz a week ago . In the satirical text, the author put up a mental game where police officers could work if the police were abolished but capitalism did not. At the end of the column it says: "I spontaneously come up with only one suitable option: the landfill. Not as a garbage man with keys to houses, but on the heap, where they are really only surrounded by waste.

Seehofer then announced a criminal complaint in the Bild newspaper. On Monday, he initially restricted this somewhat and only announced a decision in the afternoon. So far, however, Seehofer has remained silent on the subject. According to government spokesman Steffen Seibert, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) was also in discussion with Seehofer because of the possible advertisement.