It’s about hate postings that the editors of “ZDF Magazin Royale” uncovered and reported to the police. Isn’t there anything you can do about it?

After a report by the TV satirist Jan Böhmermann on hate crimes on the Internet, investigations have been resumed in six out of seven cases by the public prosecutor’s office in Stendal (Saxony-Anhalt).

The reason for the resumption was the reporting and the corresponding demand from the press, a spokesman for the public prosecutor said on Thursday of the German Press Agency. However, it remains to be seen whether the criminal offenses will actually be clarified or whether there will be sufficient suspicion.

Death threats and right-wing extremist symbols

The seven cases in question were dropped in March, the spokesman said. The main reason for this is the lack of traceability. Hate postings are often published online using anonymous connection data. At the time, the responsible public prosecutor did not see any other promising approaches. It has now been evaluated that the investigations in this case could have gone better.

Last summer, the editors of the “ZDF Magazin Royale” program reported seven obviously criminally relevant hate messages to police departments in all 16 federal states and later described the mostly sluggish course of the investigation. In Saxony-Anhalt, this was done verbally at the Magdeburg police station and in writing at the Jerichower Land police station. Death threats were displayed, as were anti-Semitic content and anti-constitutional, right-wing extremist symbols.

In Magdeburg, the ads were not even accepted. The officials at the Magdeburg police station are being investigated internally on suspicion of thwarting criminal prosecution. However, the cases reported in writing were processed. The results of the police investigation were presented to the Stendal public prosecutor’s office.