More than 2,000 protesters have taken to the streets in the German capital, Berlin, to express support for two journalists facing “treason” charges after disclosing government plans to expand its online surveillance program.
The protesters supporting the digital rights blog Netzpolitik.org tuned out for the Saturday rally to condemn the charges of treason against the journalists by state prosecutors.
Marching in Berlin from the central Friedrichstrasse to the Justice Ministry, they shouted slogans like “For fundamental rights and freedom of the press” and holding placards reading “RIP democracy.”
The protest came in response to charges of treason leveled against the blog’s journalists Markus Beckedahl and Andre Meister.
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, known as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, filed a suit against the two reporters after they disclosed a highly confidential legislative committee report on a new unit established to monitor the Internet, particularly social media.