A new film about a very old problem has become a cause celebre in Germany after two of Europe's most acclaimed public broadcasters refused to air a documentary on rising anti-Semitism on the continent.
Germany's WDR and ARTE, a French/German public network have been accused of bias, censorship and even institutional racism for their handling of a controversial film: Chosen and Excluded – The Hate on Jews in Europe.
Directed by award-winning documentarians Joachim Schroeder and Sophie Hafner, the project had been commissioned by the two public channels but was blocked by ARTE before its broadcast. The network claimed the film was one-sided and not what was originally ordered. Only after a major public outcry and after Bild, Germany's biggest tabloid, briefly leaked the entire film online, was WDR forced to air the documentary, on June 21, but only under protest, and in a highly edited version.