Will chancellor candidate Stoiber promote freedom of information?
Mr. Stoiber, Prime Minister in Bavaria, former
Bavarian nationalist ("Bavarian's pit-bull") is running for chancellor in Germany. In 1980 Stoiber
managed the election campaign for Franz Josef Strauss, his political mentor.
Strauss lost the election, therefore Stoiber recently announced a change of his
policy (Der Siegel nr.
18/2002) from being sceptical to Europe to being more
pro Europe. Being right wing before he now calls himself standing in the
"middle" of the political spectrum.
The open letter: http://wkeim.bplaced.net/020507stoiber.htm
simply asks: Where is your stand on freedom of information Mr. Stoiber, pro-European or Bavarian
nationalistic? Did you really change and will now support a law on freedom of
information being prepared in the German federal parliament?
The European Court of Human Rights condemned
Germany because of the "berufsverbote": case
- EuGRZ 1995, 590 - ). 15 of 16 länder in Germany softened the praxis
of the "Radikalenerlass" from 1972. But Bavaria is the only land that still keeps the
praxis to ask
the secret service ("Verfassungsschutz") every time somebody begins a job as civil-servant. ("Beamter")
Support freedom of information with
a E-Mail to chancellor candidate Stoiber and the coalition parties (click here):
I support freedom of information. Germany should as most other countries in Europe give freedom of information to its citizens, see also Recommendation (81) 19 of the Council of Europe. The
organization ARTICLE 19 sums up that, freedom of information is widely recognized as human right: http://www.juridicas.unam.mx/publica/rev/comlawj/cont/1/cts/cts3.htm.
(You may change the text according to your needs).
since 20. May 2002
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