NZZ am Sonntag reprimanded by Press Council

The stumbling block is the pointed title "Cuban doctors enslaved" from an article from February 2021. The NZZ am Sonntag had actively claimed unsubstantiated slavery in the title and thus violated the journalist code.

The article only dealt with possible slave-like conditions - the title, however, read "Cuban doctors" enslaved: Thus, the NZZ am Sonntag actively claimed an unsubstantiated slavery in the title, criticizes the Press Council in a statement.

The Press Council has therefore partially approved a complaint against the article on the Cuban medical brigades of February 2021, as it announced on Friday evening.

The Press Council considers a strong exaggeration in the title to be permissible in principle, as it states. But this is only permissible if there is a clarification in the immediate vicinity. The title "Cuban doctors enslaved" is not relativized by the subtitle "Havana sends medical brigades all over the world and cashes in".

Therefore, the "NZZ am Sonntag" violated the journalist code, the statement says. The article is explicitly excluded from this criticism: This was an assumption, but not a fact. "Therefore, the Press Council sees no violation of the duty of truth in the text." (SDA)

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