Jungle World

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Jungle World
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Jungle World Verlags GmbH
Founded Berlin 1997 (1997)
Political alignment Anti-nationalist left
Official website http://jungle-world.com/

Jungle World is a German weekly newspaper published in Berlin. Initially founded in 1997 by striking editors of the German Marxist daily Junge Welt,[1] it became independent after only a few issues. Today, it is published by the Jungle World Verlags GmbH in the names of over thirty current and former authors, editors, and staff as well as friends of the newspaper.

It has been described as a "newspaper of pluralistic debate," by the German left-wing Daily Newspaper[2] and its anti-nationalist and cosmopolitan positions reflect those of the "undogmatic left" in Germany.[3] An online publication of the Goethe Institute describes it as "[w]itty, left-wing and fairly hard-hitting. Jungle World combines committed journalism and a good layout to form quite a good package. It doesn’t, however, sell that many copies."[4] According to its media data as of January 2011 it sells roughly between 12.000 and 16.000 copies. [5] The articles are published in the weekly's online edition in the days after publication. According to the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, the newspaper regularly picks up questions of the Far Left Anti-German spectrum, and contains references to Far Left activities.[6] The newspaper has regular writers who are Anti-Germans. The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Brandenburg categorized the newspaper as one of the most important publications of the Anti-German milieu.[7][8][9]

The newspaper received a large amount of criticism among the Left in Germany due to its opaque stance on the upcoming Iraq War in 2002 and its criticism of then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s use of anti-war politics in his re-election campaign of the same year.[10] A strong point of contention among the German Left is its pro-Israel position.[11] A founder and co-editor of the Jungle World refers to the paper as "explicitly anti-anti-Zionist, anti-anti-Semitic, and anti-anti-American."[12] Anti-imperialists are often accused to be nationalistic by the newspaper.[13]

Since its re-launch on its tenth anniversary in 2007, Jungle World features two sections: the outer concerns mostly political news and analysis on German and international matters as well as debate, the inner section provides cultural and literary criticism, biting satire, and a longer piece in the form of a dossier. In contrast to most other German newspapers, it also runs a weekly comics page. Since April 2008 its website has also run a series of blogs.

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