Our federal parliament, the Bundestag, has just introduced, in its infinite wisdom, official, unaccountable censorship. Despite article 5 of our Basic Law (
Eine Zensur findet nicht statt), censorship has happened already in the past; however, as it consisted of confiscating printed material, this was quite visible. What is new is that censorship now happens clandestinely, without any accountability. A police agency decides what is permissible and what is not, and the index paginarum prohibitarum is of course kept secret.
535 MPs were present, 389 voted for censorship, 128 voted against censorship, 18 abstained.