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While Newsweek detailed Springer’s sizable media holdings in Germany and beyond, from the tabloid Bild to the newspaper Die Welt, it failed to note the stringently enforced right-wing editorial line that makes Springer the German equivalent of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
Among the five preambles of Springer’s corporate principles is the requirement that employees “support the vital rights of the State of Israel.”
Journalists are also expected to “uphold the principles of a free social market economy”
and “support the Transatlantic Alliance and maintain solidarity with the United States of America in the common values of free nations.”
The webpage outlining Springer’s preambles mysteriously disappeared from the web months before the company entered the bidding for the Huffington Post. (An archived version of the page can be viewed here.)