What makes thunder louder than a bomb

Disturbance : Louder than bombs

You don't have to think of a television broadcaster's youth protection officer as a happy person. Day after day, week after week, he keeps media injustice away from those who are under protection. Some crap, some scenes have to be watched, do not even appear on the air, especially in the Sunday evening crime thriller in the first. These days it is becoming clear again that “Tatort” or “Polizeiruf 110” are under special observation. ARD does not want to broadcast a “police call” episode with the new inspector Matthias Brandt and the title “Because they do not know what they are doing” at the usual time, but rather late in the evening, at the earliest from 10 p.m. The episode was originally scheduled to air on September 25th at 8:15 p.m. In the crime thriller, a suicide bomber carries out a bomb attack near a crowded football stadium.

Freedom of art! Censorship! Call some. Too understandable, say others. First of all, this "Police Call 110" has it all. The first to die, a suspect, after four or five minutes, with a lot of blood on the wall behind him. The inspector stands helplessly in front of it. A bomb follows in the pedestrian tunnel, right next to the fully occupied Allianz Arena in Munich. An explosion, pieces of wall flying around, dead, buried, wandering, screaming injured. A children's bike lying on the ground. Terror and despair for what felt like ten minutes.

The youth protection officer of the Bavarian radio, Sabine Mader, does not want to see that in prime time, and with her neither does BR television director Gerhard Fuchs. Which has brought both of them a lot of trouble recently. “I followed a recommendation from the youth protection officer not to broadcast the film until after 10 p.m. She came to the conclusion that a large number of realistic and intense sequences in the event of an explosive attack as well as the continuous threatening mood of the film, also created by the dominant scene of a dark tunnel, could frighten young people under the age of 16 in the long term, ”said Fuchs to Tagesspiegel. A second bomb threatened to explode for almost the entire length of the film. “I stand by the decision I made according to the film.” Postponing the broadcasting time is not censorship. Rather, it is a decision to protect children. A later broadcast date would do justice to both the freedom of art and the protection of minors, said Fuchs, who himself described the crime thriller as artistically outstanding.

So far so good? Anyone who has seen the crime thriller will hardly remember a better one, a more exciting one, and perhaps hardly one that is so contemporary. Crime fans and actors often complain about the lack of imagination and despondency of many public crime journalists who keep pushing the same, familiar “crime scene” templates along the way. The BR editor Cornelia Ackers and author Christian Jeltsch dare something, and then it has to disappear in the late-night program. What this production will definitely cost four or five million viewers. Not to mention that a new format with its new investigators Matthias Brandt and Anna Maria Sturm will make it more difficult for viewers to familiarize themselves. “Because they don't know what they're doing” is the second edition of the polished “Polizeiruf” from Munich, the first, “Cassandra's Warning”, staged by Dominik Graf, runs on August 21, then in prime time.

Opportunity to get excited about the standards of youth media protection? Hans Steinbichler, director of this controversial "police call", accepted the airtime shift, but also made it clear that he considers it wrong and, according to epd, initiated a discussion about the realism of the legal protection of minors, as television director Fuchs set a "precedent" with his decision created. Elsewhere there are voices that sometimes question the responsibility of parents who let their children watch every crime novel at a quarter past eight.

Difficult terrain. Real misjudgments are extremely rare - wrote the youth protection officer of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and then head of the ARD youth protection officer working group, Inge Mohr, in the “ARD yearbook” some time ago. She also addressed the standards of her work: discussions about the design of a contribution in a medical program on the subject of "penis lengthening", for example, or the question of using the painting "L'Origine du Monde" by Gustave Courbet in a culture magazine, but also the sharpened view on the thrillers on Sunday evening. A "Polizeiruf 110", which was seen by the youth protection officer before the broadcast and worked on jointly with the program managers in two key scenes, is the RBB production "Vergewaltigt", which was broadcast on the first in 2005.

A terrorist attack on a pedestrian tunnel - supposedly the first attack by Al Qaeda on German soil - as in the new BR “police call” has not yet taken place. Whether the youth protection indicators have to be scrutinized in the face of changed realities is a question for politics, says Mader's colleague, Gunnar Krone, ZDF youth protection officer, the Tagesspiegel. ZDF, ARD, the Catholic and Protestant Churches want to give impulses at a symposium at the end of the year.

This discussion comes too late for the outstanding crime film “Because they don't know what they're doing”. According to Fuchs, the BR made the proposal to the ARD program directorate to broadcast “Because they don't know what they are doing” two days before the originally planned date. On a Friday, eh ’not a big TV day. At 10 p.m. 05.

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