The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020.
02 January 2020
Freedom of the Press
Issue Date: 02.01.2020
Value (in Euro cents): 95
Motif: Freedom of the Press
Design postage stamp and stamp: Christoph Niemann, Berlin
Printing: Multicolor offset printing of Bagel Security-Print GmbH & Co. KG, on coated, white and fluorescent postage stamp paper DP II.
Size postage stamp: 39 x 33 mm
Packing of ten-sheet size: 104 x 191 mm
Arrangement of the PWz: 2 PWz next to each other, 5 PWz with each other
Order number: 151104867 single stamp
The following is machine-translated from the German detailed in the Stempel+Informationen bulletin No. 25 published on 29 November 2020:
“The right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press are essential for democratically constituted societies. As early as 1958, the Federal Constitutional Court emphasized the constitutive character of the fundamental right to freedom of expression and described it it as “one of the most distinguished human rights ever”. And though nothing has changed, opinion and Freedom of the press is now perceived as threatened in some Western democracies as well. With the new postage stamp special attention should be drawn to the importance of press freedom, which is more important than ever for the political opinion and will formation.
In Germany, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of broadcasting and freedom of information are enshrined in the Basic Law Rights that protect the free communication. They are laid down in Article 5 (1). It states: “Everyone has the right to freely express and disseminate its opinion in words, writing and pictures and to freely access itself from generally accessible sources teaching. The freedom of the press and the freedom of reporting by radio and film are guaranteed. A censorship does not take place. “In Germany, the term freedom of the press has existed since the second half of the 18th century, its design was contested in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Federal Constitutional Court has the fundamental rights in the past Strengthened again and again for decades.
But even in Germany there are tendencies and developments that jeopardize the fundamental right to freedom of opinion, the press and information. These include, among other things, the high number of attacks on and threats against journalists, various laws that undermine the protection of sources, as well as the increasing concentration of media, the pooling of Newspaper editors and local editorial offices, leading to a reduction in press diversity and thus to a decrease the number of opinions published.”