Minister of State for Culture Roth – “Freedom from the arts, sciences and media is a measure of the quality of democracy”

Minister of State for Culture Roth - "Freedom from the arts, sciences and media is a measure of the quality of democracy"

The new Minister of State for Culture, Claudia Roth, sees her office at the service of democracy. (Photo Coalition / DPA / Michael Kepeller)

Around the world, but also in this country, the enemies of democracy are on the move, Roth said on Deutschlandfunk. She wants to work to protect the freedom of the arts, science and the media. This freedom is an indicator and a seismograph for the quality of democracy.

Roth emphasized that she will also take care of sustainability and climate protection, for example in major projects. But there is no such thing as a “green cultural policy” for them. The political views of the party have no place here.

The Minister of State announced that she wanted to follow a broader concept of culture. You keep track of record stores like the Philharmonix, clubs like the State Theatre. Roth stressed that culture in Germany also remains at the top of federal states and municipalities. He relies on close collaborations with actors from Rostock to Augsburg, from Cologne to Frankfurt/Oder.

Roth can imagine an asylum for Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the US judiciary with an arrest warrant. The whistleblower, who lives in exile in Russia, has been transparent on an important issue and has done very well. The minister of state is concerned about hate speech and conspiracy stories online and in various messaging services. She wants to talk to the new government coalition about retaliatory measures.

This message was broadcast on Deutschlandfunk on December 9, 2021.

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