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Ministry caught in Muslim study leak lie

The Local · 20 Apr 2012, 11:44

Published: 20 Apr 2012 11:44 GMT+02:00

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Hans-Peter Friedrich and the tabloid newspaper both presented the study as showing that young Muslims were not integrating into German society – infuriating the authors who said their presentation was a gross distortion of what they actually said.

The study, released at the end of February, was led by Wolfgang Frindte of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, who spoke of his team's "despair" at the way the complex 760-page study was spun by the government and Bild.

Islam scholar Armina Omerika on Wednesday resigned from the Islam conference currently taking place in Berlin over host Friedrich's handling of the study.

Friday's revelation, in a Süddeutsche Zeitung report, suggests there was some collusion between the ministry and the paper over the timing of the study's release.

Bild reported on the study on February 29, a day before the Interior Ministry posted it on its website. There was immediate suspicion that it had been leaked, but Friedrich told state broadcaster ZDF at the time, "This study was not given out from my ministry."

State secretary Christoph Bergner repeated this claim to the German parliament later.

But following an official information request from the socialist Left party, the ministry has now admitted that its press office did give Bild an advance copy, in preparation for an interview with Friedrich.

The Left party's Sevim Dagdelen, who made the official request, condemned Friedrich, of the Christian Social Union, as a "Minister of Lies," and called on him to apologize to the study's authors and give an explanation to parliament.

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17:14 April 20, 2012 by erkan
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17:55 April 20, 2012 by ChrisRea
Or maybe the problem is that we have to many racists, and Mr. Friedrich seems to be one. How is that saying? Ah, yes: Racists, go home! :D
17:59 April 20, 2012 by Dono
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18:31 April 20, 2012 by Jeff10
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19:52 April 20, 2012 by johnny108
So they leaked a study that states something that almost everyone in the country already knows- who cares?
20:03 April 20, 2012 by Englishted

21:47 April 20, 2012 by ChuChu
OH for heaven's sake...GET A LIFE !!!!!....all this pussy footing around the Muslim question..... they don't integrate..period...that's it...now go away!!!!!
10:30 April 21, 2012 by smart2012
They will never integrate as they are treated as second class in Germany.
14:55 April 21, 2012 by UltraDeb
This older generation of ultra conservative white German men in power cannot become extinct fast enough. These studies are always based on a minority of troublemakers within a population and then sold to the populace as an empirical generalization. "Assimilation" means that you respect and abide by the standards of acceptable social behavior within a society, which the vast majority of Muslims in Germany do. One can still embrace his/her native culture, traditions, beliefs and religion without violating the behavioral standards of the non-native country. If they're concerned about that minority of immigrants who behave in an anti-social manner, then let's deal with ALL the anti-social elements of German society, starting with the drunkards and junkies down at the Hauptbahnhof, most of whom, by the way, are white German.
16:45 April 21, 2012 by ChrisRea
@ johnny108

Leaking it to Bild is only one of the unethical things the minister/ministry did in relation to the study. More important is lying about it in the first instance (they admitted it only following the parliamentary inquiry). But the biggest wrongdoing is presenting false results of the study (for example, the minister said that it shows a tendency towards terrorism - in reality, the study points out that the almost all Muslims interviewed oppose terrorism and believe that terrorists are not following the teachings of Koran).
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