The Junge Freiheit (JF, Young Freedom) is a German right-wing weekly newspaper for politics and culture, that describes itself as ″liberal-conservative". The JF has been described as the central publication of the Neue Rechte (New Right).
It was founded by students in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1986 as a reaction to as what they saw as the dominance of the leftist 68's generation among university teachers. In 1993 it moved its headquarters to Potsdam, near Berlin, and to Hohenzollerndamm in Berlin in 1995. In 1994, a printing site for the JF in Weimar was fire-bombed by left-wing terrorists with damage totalling 2.5 million marks. The paper moved to Berlin a few years later, where it continues to be published today.
Issues and style
The JF has one section for politics, one for culture and for foreign affairs, with lesser attention to economics. There are a substantial number of opinions and commentaries including weekly opinion columns. Every week the paper also conducts an interview with a prominent politician, author, scientist or artist. Due to the selection of its guest authors and the style of its editorials, as well as its consistent opposition to the Islamization of Europe, it has been widely claimed[by whom?] that the paper serves as the intellectual organ of the German right-wing. In this connection, the State Offices for the Protection of the Constitution (German domestic intelligence service) in North Rhine Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg mentioned Junge Freiheit from mid-1995 until 2005 in their yearly reports of anti-constitutional activities for suspicion of Far-right affiliations. However, the newspaper sued the North Rhine Westphalia authorities, and the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany annulled such classification in 2005 (the so-called Junge Freiheit ruling). Since then, neither North Rhine Westphalia nor Baden-Württemberg constitution protection reports mention the newspaper. The critics of the paper include Anton Maegerle (anti-right-wing journalist and author) and Stephan Braun (an SPD politician). Helmut Markwort (editor in chief of Focus), Ephraim Kishon and Erwin Scheuch deny any far-right trends in the newspaper. Martin Lee writes in his book The Beast Reawakens:"Stein, however, disavowed any connection with skinheads and neo-Nazis, even though some Junge Freiheit editors had matriculated from cadre organizations linked to Michael Kühnen" (Kühnen being the leader of the German neo-Nazi movement). Concerning the political stance Ephraim Kishon said in an interview with the Junge Freiheit in March 2001: "Your sophisticated newspaper is not radical, it's not even what's referred to as 'right-wing', otherwise I would not have agreed to an interview."
The Bavarian Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution noted in 2005, that "given the fact that as interview partners and authors function almost exclusively people from the democratic spectrum, the Junge Freiheit should all in all be classified as a right-wing conservative newspaper on the right-wing border of the democratic spectrum."
JF has a circulation of more than 19,000 copies today.
The founder and editor-in-chief as well as managing director is Dieter Stein.
Its prominent contributors include Holger Zastrow, Wolf Jobst Siedler, Frederick Forsyth, Alain de Benoist, Paul Gottfried, Elliot Neaman, Rolf Hochhuth, Ralph Raico, Derek Turner, Klaus Rainer Röhl, and Fritz Schenk. Among its prominent public supporters are also Alexander von Stahl and Peter Scholl-Latour,
Gerhard Löwenthal Prize
The Junge Freiheit issued a prize for journalists together with Ingeborg Löwenthal, the widow of Gerhard Löwenthal, a Jewish German journalist, that is named in his honour. Recipients of the prize have been:
- 2004 Thorsten Hinz, writes for Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung and Sezession
- 2005 Stefan Scheil, historian
- 2006 Thomas Paulwitz, founder of the magazine Deutsche Sprachwelt
- 2007 Andreas Krause Landt, founder of the Landt Verlag
- 2008 Ellen Kositza, author
- 2009 André F. Lichtschlag, founder of the magazine eigentümlich frei
- 2011 Michael Paulwitz, writes for Sezession
A special honorary prize has been awarded to:
- 2004 Herbert Fleissner
- 2005 Caspar von Schrenck-Notzing
- 2006 Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann
- 2007 Wolf Jobst Siedler
- 2008 Peter Scholl-Latour
- 2009 Helmut Matthies
- 2011 Ernst Nolte
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- Brinks, Jan Herman (2005). "GERMANY'S NEW RIGHT" (PDF). London: I.B. Tauris. pp. 125–138 . Retrieved 2010-08-25
- "Das Bundesverfassungsgericht". Bverfg.de. 2005-05-24. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
- Anton Maegerle: „Junge Freiheit“-Autoren und ihr politisches Umfeld. In: perspektive 21, Brandenburgische Hefte für Wissenschaft & Politik Nr. 18/2003, S. 57ff
- Stephan Braun, Ute Vogt (Hrsg.): Die Wochenzeitung „Junge Freiheit“ – Kritische Analysen zu Programmatik, Inhalten, Autoren und Kunden. VS, Wiesbaden 2007, ISBN 978-3-531-15421-3.
- hagalil.com: Junge Freiheit: Freie Rechtsschreibung (6. Juli 2005)
- JF-Archiv: Pressemitteilung vom 21. März 2001
- Martin Lee, The Beast Reawakens, Taylor & Francis, 1999, pg. 289
- German: "Ihr niveauvolles Blatt ist nicht radikal, es ist nicht einmal, was man "rechts" nennt, sonst hätte ich Ihnen kein Interview gegeben."; source: Interview in the Junge Freiheit, 01/23/2001.
- Deputy Florian Ritter's (SPD) written inquiry Bavarian Landtag, printed matter 15/3832 from 9 August 2005 (PDF)
- "JUNGE FREIHEIT - Wochenzeitung aus Berlin: Über uns". Jungefreiheit.de. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Lesesaal: Thomas Paulwitz
- Alexander von Stahl: Kampf um die Pressefreiheit. Chronologie eines Skandals. Die Verfassungsbeschwerde der Wochenzeitung 'Junge Freiheit' wegen Verletzung der Meinungs- und Pressefreiheit durch Verfassungsschutzberichte des Landes NRW. Reihe Dokumentation, Edition JF, Berlin 2003/2004, Band 5-7