Civil disobedience in the PC age: First person ever jailed over public broadcaster fee in Germany. Sieglinde Baumert, 46, began a six-month prison sentence in February after refusing to co-operate with the authorities trying to force her to pay the public broadcaster fee of 17.5 euros per month. She was let go from her job followed soon after.
But the broadcaster fee refusenik, who stopped paying in 2013, believes that her cause is just.
She and other opponents of the fees argue that public TV channels ARD and ZDF and radio broadcaster Deutschlandradio are massively overfinanced and have overstepped the bounds of the “basic service” the law calls on them to provide.
“For example, I can’t understand football at all,” Baumert said. “When I then read: one minute of the ‘Sportschau’ [sports news show] costs €40,000, then I ask myself why I should invest a single cent towards that.”
And of course, the state broadcasters constantly promote PC politics. Here in Australia the massive state-funded ABC basically defines political correctness, with the better part of a million PC Australians tuning in to the 7:30 Report and Q&A programs to get the proper viewpoints and learn what they should say.