Not even three months ago we reported that Aygül Özkan (38), the designated Minister for Social Affairs in the German state of Lower Saxony, had caused some controversy when she called for a ban the crucifix in state schools before she was even sworn in. Özkan is now Germany's first Muslim minister on government level and has taken over the "integration" portfolio from the Ministry of the Interior, to which it used to belong.
Lawyer-by-training and German by naturalisation Özkan also sees German courts as an "alien authority" and would like to see more Turks in that office.
Now Özkan is about to introduce a "Media Charter" for Lower Saxony. During a collective act on August 16 in Hannover, the invited media representatives are supposed to sign this so-called "Media Charter Integration". The written invitation says that the collective declaration of intent is supposed to generate a publicity effect and all undersigned will have to pledge themselves to "strongly support the integration process in Lower Saxony".
Özkan's ministry asks the media to declare in writing to increase reporting about circumstances and challenges connected to integration, to use "culturally sensitive" language doing so, to further "intercultural openness (which is, of course, humbug, because the term "intercultural" does not imply a one-way-street and don't we all know the "intercultural openness" of Muslims towards the West), to improve their "intercultural competence" (ditto), to initiate relevant projects and to cover them as journalists.
The NWZ goes on:
It is so far unique in Germany for the government of a federal state to pledge the media to a collective content and even the language used for that.How very daring! But while Özkan had gotten a lot of backslapping by the media for her attempt at removing the crucifix from the public eye (who wants religion anyway, at least as long as it's Christian), by getting at the media itself, she went too far and didn't come by the usual fawning reception to which she must be used by now.
Here we have a woman, young, "modern", seemingly perfectly assimilated, educated to university level, the lot, yet the first thing she sets her mind on in her high office, even before she is sworn in, is the banning of the Christian symbol from schools and, not even three months later, the abolition of the freedom of the press in favour of her fellow Muslims. Because in spite of all the "integration" and "people with a migration background" hogwash it's just about one thing: Islam. Just as for this woman, young, "modern", seemingly perfectly assimilated, educated to university level, everything is about that. Always. Islam is like that.