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The freedom of the press during the Nazi rule of Germany

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Transcript of The freedom of the press during the Nazi rule of Germany

What happened to the freedom of the media when Hitler gained power?
The freedom of the press during the Nazi Rule of Germany during 1933-1945
By Thomas Kim and Andy Lam
Who controlled the press?
- Nazi controlled less than 3% of national press during the beginning of control
- Hitler gained total control of every press after a few weeks.
- Dissociated any agency that disclosed information that would impair on the Nazis
-Adolf Hitler gave Goebbels the position to govern over the propaganda
Who was Joseph Goebbels and what did he do?
- Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.
-controlled the media by focusing it into one main outlet
- Done so that he knew everything that was disclosed
-Through this, he could cover up any unpleasing information
Picture of Dr Joseph Goebbels personally announcing the radio information
Goebbels speech
Summary of photo
of Goebbels announcing his reasons being for controlling the press agencies
Source 1

What does this show?
- Reveals Goebbels controlling the types of information being sent to the public
- Could immediately disregard any information that obviously did not benefit the nation or the government social security.
Editorial Law
Section 14
Editors are especially bound to keep out of the newspapers anything which:
1. In any manner is misleading to the public, mixes selfish aims with community aims
2. Tends to weaken the strength of the German Reich, outwardly or inwardly, the common will of the German people, the German defense ability, culture or economy, or offends the religious sentiments of others
3. Offends the honor and dignity of Germany
4. Is immoral for other reasons

Passed October 1933
The source tells us that the freedom of the press was greatly restricted by Hitler during Nazi Germany. The newspapers were not allowed to publish anything which would not have a positive effect on the 'Strength of the Third Reich' or 'misled' the public. The Editorial Law demonstrates the extent of power of the Nazi government has in the Press.
Conclusion
The press during Nazi Germany was restricted to what can be published and shown to the public. Things which may cause the German people to lose faith in Hitler and the Nazis were not allowed to be published, even if they were the truth. With the absence of 'bad news' such as Germany beginning to lose the war, people assumed that Germany was winning and the Nazis maintained popularity and up to the end of the war, the loyalty and faith of the German people.
What does this say about Goebbels and his actions?
- He holds the position to 'simplify' what the nation needs to hear
- obviously reveals that he had the intent of controlling information disclosure
- Hid any information that revealed the infamous actions of Hitler and the Nazis
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