Saxon beekeeper towards ZDF presenter Böhmermann in courtroom | EUROtoday

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DZDF presenter Jan Böhmermann is scheduled to look in particular person earlier than the Dresden regional courtroom on January sixteenth. Judge Heike Kemz ordered this. Böhmermann will probably be requested to touch upon the lawsuit he filed towards beekeeper Rico Heinzig from Meißen in Saxony. Heinzig had marketed a honey utilizing Böhmermann’s face and identify. Böhmermann sees his private rights violated. He had Heinzig warned by his attorneys in November of final yr: Heinzig ought to cease promoting. The courtroom is now listening to the matter.

This was preceded by a problem of Böhmermann’s “ZDF Magazin Royale” in November 2023, during which he devoted himself, amongst different issues, to “beewashing” – a brand new phrase created from the phrases “greenwashing” and the English phrase for bee. He criticized beekeepers who rented honey bee colonies to firms and marketed this as a sustainability measure.

Rico Heinzig’s “MyHoney” beekeeper was one of many beekeepers proven within the article. In response to the allegations, Heinzig launched a brand new honey known as “Beewashing Honey,” which he offered each in his on-line store and in some Edeka branches. He promoted this, amongst different issues, with a poster displaying Böhmermann’s likeness subsequent to the slogan “Leading bee and beetle expert recommends”.

“Mr Böhmermann tried to destroy my reputation through the media, but he enjoys a quasi-immunity to take legal action against him,” explains Heinzig when requested by the FAZ. “That’s why I basically gave him his own medicine. He’s a satirist, and it was a good fit. But then the fun stopped for him.” Heinzig charges his probabilities within the proceedings as slim: “Mr Böhmermann, represented by an extensive network of media law firms, has much more combat experience.” In addition, ZDF helps Böhmermann. “I feel like a little dormouse in a hyena cage,” says Heinzig.

Böhmermann’s editorial staff couldn’t be reached upon request. ZDF tells FAZ that it’s not concerned within the authorized dispute in any manner. The program “addressed, among other things, the business activities of individual beekeepers in a permissible manner.” Böhmermann’s attorneys had set a dispute worth of 20,000 euros. A spokesman for the courtroom stated that the quantity in dispute would solely be decided as soon as the proceedings had been concluded. The courtroom charges had been requested based mostly on a disputed worth of 15,000 euros.