'A Facebook post by a German satire magazine ridiculing a right-wing politician and Hitler received a solid like from a Munich student. Despite being among thousands of users who also liked the post, he was scrutinized by police.
Law enforcement has now launched an inquiry into Johannes Koenig, a 27-year-old student from Munich, local media reported, saying the case has been passed on to the local police department, Commissariat 44, which deals with far-right offences.
But the situation is tricky, considering where the post was made, namely Postillon, a popular satire magazine which frequently mocks public figures and ridicules national controversies. Their articles contain fictional characters and sometimes describe fictitious events – which the magazine says in their disclaimer.
The figure in the background of the apparently photoshopped cover image represents Bjorn Hoecke, a top-tier member of Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. The man in the foreground needs no caption. “You bring me nothing but trouble: Hoecke turns Hitler’s image away on his bedside table,” reads the headline.
Read more: ‘It can’t be more absurd!’ German man who liked satire post taunting Hitler scrutinized by police
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