Nazi Party Program Analysis (7)

 We demand legal opposition to known lies and their promulgation through the press. In order to enable the truthfulness of a German press, we demand, that:

a.  All writers and employees of the newspapers appearing in the German language be members of the [German] race;

b.  Non-German newspapers be required to have the express permission of the state to be published. They may not be printed in the German language;

c.  Non-Germans are forbidden by law any financial interest in German publications or any influence on them and as punishment for violations the closing of such a publication as well as the immediate expulsion from the Reich of the non-German concerned. Publications which are counter to the general good are to be forbidden. We demand legal prosecution of artistic and literary forms which exert a destructive influence on our national life and the closure of organizations opposing the above made demands.

This point/demand is – for all practical purposes – a solemn (and racist) promise to do away with the freedom of the press for good. The promise that the Nazis fulfilled immediately after the Enabling Act of 1933 gave them the political power to do so.


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