Tuesday 24 April 2018

Austrian broadcaster sues vice chancellor over ‘fake news’ claim

The ORF said Heinz-Christian Strache shared a post on Facebook earlier this month which defamed and discredited the work of 800 journalists.

The case centres on comments Heinz-Christian Strache made on Facebook (AP)
The case centres on comments Heinz-Christian Strache made on Facebook (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Austria’s public broadcaster is suing the country’s vice chancellor for claiming it spreads fake news.

Broadcaster ORF said nationalist politician Heinz-Christian Strache shared a post on Facebook earlier this month which defamed and discredited the work of 800 journalists.

The Freedom Party politician had shared a post accusing ORF of spreading “fake news, lies and propaganda” on all of its channels. It also directly targeted one of the country’s most prominent journalists, Armin Wolf.

Mr Strache has offered to apologise to Mr Wolf.

ORF chief Alexander Wrabetz said the broadcaster wants Mr Strache to desist from his claims, and reserves the right to seek damages.

Mr Wrabetz added that the broadcaster is also suing Facebook for refusing to remove the post shared by Mr Strache.

Press Association

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