LOST HONOUR OF KATHARINA BLUM PDF

Analysis[ edit ] Produced during a time of political controversy in West Germany, and a time where journalists would stop at nothing to get their name known in the field, the film digs deep into human rights violations in what should be a peaceful, democratic country, and shines a light on the vindictive nature of the tabloid press and the tendency they have to spread lies and distort the facts. The film also presents a clear condemnation of collusion between the police and the yellow press. She tries to look away, but the police officer escorting her out grabs a fistful of her hair and makes her look into the flashing lights and curious faces. The film represents the media as vindictive and scandal-obsessed. The Paper only publishes conspiracies and disregards the truth.

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Rereading the short novel today, labelled a "pamphlet" by the author himself, I have a different, more nuanced impression. What I conceived as a cold, detached narrative now seems a perfectly valid method to show what an objective report of a string of incidents might look like, - avoiding expletives, sexual voyeurism, random interpretation, misquoting and speculation.

It contains an open political message, a warning. Without justifying violence in any way, it highlights the hatred which erupts out of frustration and despair when a person is exposed to public shaming. It shows the danger of corrupt people in powerful positions colluding with newspapers under their control to deliberately plant false information in the public consciousness. The most powerful scene in the story shows Katharina paralysed by the evil lies about herself in the populist paper she is reading.

A kind friend collects several articles in objective, fair newspapers to show her the contrast to the big front pages and photographs that torture her. Katharina shrugs off those truthful articles.

They act like wolves dressed up as sheep, pointing at the sheepish crowds and yelling "Wolf! In the end, nobody knows whom to trust, anything is possible, and journalism is discredited and irrevocably damaged. And that in turn puts both democracy and individual human rights in danger. We need to learn again the difference between journalistic bullying with a biased political agenda and independent reporting of facts. We need to discover again that the flashiest headlines and most compromising pictures and scandalous details are not the most valid information.

We need to respect the privacy of individuals and separate abuse from reportage. We need to think about the long term effects of journalism without ethical rules - for its own sake. When female sexuality is exploited and demonised to cover up assault and abuse of power, individual human lives are destroyed. That is the message of the story, not whether or not Katharina was justified to commit murder. She never thought she was. But she was driven to the point of not caring about that anymore.

Our shared human responsibility is not to deliver a platform for vile defamation, not to encourage bullying and threatening behaviour, and to support press coverage that remains objective, fair, fact-based and truthful - and relevant.

I hope they still read Katharina Blum in schools nowadays.

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Rereading the short novel today, labelled a "pamphlet" by the author himself, I have a different, more nuanced impression. What I conceived as a cold, detached narrative now seems a perfectly valid method to show what an objective report of a string of incidents might look like, - avoiding expletives, sexual voyeurism, random interpretation, misquoting and speculation. It contains an open political message, a warning. Without justifying violence in any way, it highlights the hatred which erupts out of frustration and despair when a person is exposed to public shaming. It shows the danger of corrupt people in powerful positions colluding with newspapers under their control to deliberately plant false information in the public consciousness. The most powerful scene in the story shows Katharina paralysed by the evil lies about herself in the populist paper she is reading. A kind friend collects several articles in objective, fair newspapers to show her the contrast to the big front pages and photographs that torture her.

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

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