BERLIN (AP) — A German court says a journalist can't use press freedom legislation to demand information from the country's foreign intelligence service — a ruling the national journalists' association says risks inviting federal authorities to stonewall queries.
The Federal Administrative Court ruled Wednesday on a reporter's attempt to use Berlin's state media law to get information from the Federal Intelligence Service on how many officials in its early years were ex-Nazis.
The court said Germany's constitution obliges authorities to provide "currently available" information. However, it said state media laws couldn't be applied to federal authorities. A panel of historians commissioned by the intelligence service to examine its use of former Nazis has yet to report — so the court said the service currently has no information available.