AMARC strongly condemns the undercover police action carried on against the Freie Sendekombinat

28 November, 2014. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) has been notified that between 2003 and 2006 an undercover police agent of the state police of Hamburg infiltrated the structures of the editorial staff of the German Free Radio Freie Sendekombinat (FSK).

This means a gross violation of the fundamental right of freedom of information and the right to communicate. The police agent undertook pseudo-journalistic activities in the editorial structures of FSK. By doing so, she committed a gross violation of the legislation for the protection of sources and editorial secrets which are guaranteed by the German law on press freedom.

The undercover police action is a systematic crime against the constitution of Germany, states the Bundesverband Freier Radios (German National Association of Free Radios). Furthermore, the journalistic integrity of FSK has been massively damaged. In an open letter to the German state, the BFR demands that all those responsible within the political and security institutions for the planning and implementation of this violation of human rights and civil liberties should be hold accountable for this unconstitutional police action against a community radio.

AMARC demands that the Government of Hamburg investigates this attack against freedom of expression and communication and determines and deal with those responsible for these undemocratic actions.