German journalists unions Deutscher Journalisten Verband (DJV) and Deutsche Journalistinnen- und Journalisten Union in ver.di (DJU in ver.di) condemned harshly raids that had taken place in the early hours on 6 February in several freelance photographers appartments in various German cities. Both called out of proportion the measures taken to get hold of material the police believed to aid as evidence in a case in relation to a demonstration over a year ago. The photographers are considered innocent of any crime. Both unions criticised that the confidentility of sources as well as the freedom of the press had been violated when police copied files from the freelancers computers and demanded a return of all confiscated material.
Find more information in German on the DJV and DJU in ver.di website.