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Ö 1 Morgenjournal: Asylum district “like a prison – a disgrace for Austria”

Prize-winner 2019
European CIVIS Radio Prize – short programmes

Author:Paul Schiefer, Bernt Koschuh
Editorial:Paul Schiefer, Bernt Koschuh
Direction:Barbara Weinzierl
Interview, ORF/Ö1

Accommodation for conspicuous, unaccompanied minors whose asylum request has been rejected. The district in Drasenhofen is fenced with barbed wire and the young people are only allowed to leave for one hour a day accompanied by security forces. Structureless custody under tightened security precautions. The public prosecutor’s department is investigating suspected imprisonment. The asylum district was established by the Asylum Regional Council of Lower Austria led by Gottfried Waldhäusl (FPÖ/ Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs – Austrian Freedom Party) for “notorious troublemakers”.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
An impressive journalistic performance that makes an impact – critically, factually and clearly.


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