Ralf Schuler, a leading journalist at Bild, has resigned over ideological pressure reminiscent of the GDR. He told a Hungarian weekly about his experiences.
In an interview with Mandiner, one of Germany’s leading political journalists explained why he resigned from his job.
Ralf Schuler, the head of Bild’s parliamentary office, told the weekly that while the publisher Springer “always publicly declares its opposition to ideological thinking, it is clear that the strategic considerations of the publishing company have led it to side with the rainbow movement.”
The journalist underlined the importance he attaches to the fight against gender discrimination. But the publisher is now demanding that its staff “stand firmly with the LGBTQ movement.” Schuler accused the publisher of ideological pressure. “Journalism can never be a patron of any movement,” he stressed.
The journalist, who grew up in the GDR, said that the cancellation culture often used by the “rainbow movement” echoes the pre-1989 mood.
The Hungarian National Media Association (MNSZ) issued a statement in support of Ralf Schuler. They wrote: the MNSZ “views with growing concern the liberal opinion terror that is becoming increasingly rampant in the German press.” They added that the organization was “ready to show solidarity with those members of the left-wing press in Hungary who dare to stand up to the rainbow dictatorship that is crushing free thought.”
Balázs Orbán, the Prime Minister’s Political Director, also wrote about the Mandiner interview on his Facebook page. “The ideological rise of the LGBTQ movement in the West is causing a growing stir,” he added.
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