Junge Welt

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junge Welt
Junge Welt.svg
TypeDaily newspaper (except unsere Zeit on Sunday)
Owner(s)8. Mai GmbH
PublisherLPG junge Welt e. G.
EditorStefan Huth
FoundedBerlin 1947; 71 years ago (1947)

junge Welt (meaning "Young World" in English) is a German daily newspaper, published in Berlin. The jW describes itself as a left and Marxist newspaper.[1] German authorities categorize it as a far-left medium hostile to the constitutional "order".[2]

History and profile[edit]

junge Welt was first published on 12 February 1947 in the Soviet Sector of Berlin. The paper became the official newspaper of the Central Council (Zentralrat) of the Free German Youth (FDJ), the communist youth organisation, on 12 November 1947. With a daily circulation of 1.4 million, junge Welt had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the German Democratic Republic, even higher than the official Communist party organ Neues Deutschland.

It was relaunched in 1994, after German reunification and the effective dissolution of the FDJ, as Germany's most left-wing daily newspaper. The new editorial team included both East and West German authors of different left factions. In 1997, a schism between these two camps led to the eventual foundation of the weekly Jungle World, which since strongly denounced anti-Zionist views upheld by their former colleagues. The newspaper has been criticized[according to whom?] for uncritically reporting on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's nuclear "ambitions".[clarification needed][3]

According to the Annual Report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, "the national daily newspaper junge Welt is the most important printed medium in the left-wing extremist scene" in Germany.[4][5] Arnold Schölzel, editor-in-chief of the newspaper since 2000, has admitted to being a Stasi informant.[6]

Junge Welt had an estimated print run of around 17,000 in 2008.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diese Zeitung". junge Welt. Berlin. ISSN 0941-9373. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Antisemitismus von links
  4. ^ "Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution 2008" (PDF). Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. 2009. p. 128. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2010. One important printed medium in the left-wing "extremist" scene is the national daily newspaper junge Welt (jW, young world).
  5. ^ Verfassungsschutzbericht 2011. S. 173. Available online: "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  6. ^ Christian Buß, “Spitzel mit Spitzenleistung”, Spiegel-online (11 July 2007)
  7. ^ "Danke für 2888 Hammerabos" [Thank you for 2888 subscriptions]. junge Welt (in German). Berlin. 16 February 2008. p. 16. ISSN 0941-9373.

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