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Junge Welt
TypeDaily newspaper (Monday to Saturday)
Owner(s)LPG junge Welt e. G.
PublisherVerlag 8. Mai GmbH
EditorStefan Huth
Founded12 February 1947; 77 years ago (12 February 1947)
Political alignmentMarxism
Circulation25,600–27,900 (2017)[1]

Junge Welt (English: Young World, stylized in its logo as junge Welt) is a German daily newspaper, published in Berlin.[2] The jW describes itself as a left-wing and Marxist newspaper.[3] German authorities categorize it as a far-left medium hostile to the constitutional order.[4]

History and profile[edit]

junge Welt was first published on 12 February 1947 in the Soviet Sector of Berlin. The paper became the official newspaper of the Central Council (Zentralrat) of the Free German Youth (FDJ), the communist youth organisation, on 12 November 1947.[5][6][7] With a daily circulation of 1.38 million,[8] junge Welt had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the German Democratic Republic, even higher than the official Communist party organ Neues Deutschland.[8]

The paper was published by Verlag Junge Welt GmbH during the East German era.[9][10] The paper was allegedly sold for a symbolic price of 1 Mark to a West Berlin publishing house in 1991.[11][10] It was relaunched in 1994,[5] after German reunification and the effective dissolution of the FDJ, as Germany's most left-wing daily newspaper. The new editorial team included both East and West German authors of different left factions. In 1997, a schism between these two camps led to the eventual foundation of the weekly Jungle World, which since strongly denounced anti-Zionist views upheld by their former colleagues.[12] The newspaper has been criticised by six of its own authors[12] and others[7] for not being sufficiently critical of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran in relation to their nuclear "ambitions".

Junge Welt is published by Verlag 8. Mai GmbH. The cooperative Linke Presse Verlags-Förderungs und -Beteiligungsgenossenschaft (LPG) junge Welt e.G. began preparing to take over the majority of the publishing house in 1997.[13] The cooperative LPG junge Welt e.G. now owns the majority of Verlag 8. Mai GmbH. According to the Annual Report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, "the national daily newspaper junge Welt is the most important printed medium in the left-wing extremist scene" in Germany.[14][15] Junge Welt had an estimated print run of around 25,600–27,900 in 2017.[16] Junge Welt unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit against being named in the report on the protection of the constitution and lost in court in March 2022.[17]

Arnold Schölzel, who was editor-in-chief of the newspaper from 2000 to 2016, was a Stasi informant until 1989.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mediadaten junge Welt" [media information junge Welt] (PDF). junge Welt (in German). Berlin. 1 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Impressum". Junge Welt (in German). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Über diese Zeitung". junge Welt (in German). Berlin. section Was ist die junge Welt?. ISSN 0941-9373. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  4. ^ van Hüllen, Rudolf (22 December 2014). "Linksextreme Medien" (in German). Federal Agency for Civic Education. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Über diese Zeitung". junge Welt (in German). Berlin. section Kurze Geschichte der jungen Welt. ISSN 0941-9373. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Lexikon > Sachbegriffe > Junge Welt (JW)". jugend opposition in der DDR (in German). Jugendopposition.de. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b Kamalipour, Yahya R. (2010). Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-4422-0415-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  8. ^ a b Pürer, Heinz; Raabe, Johannes (25 July 2007). Presse in Deutschland (in German). UTB. ISBN 978-3-8385-8334-1.
  9. ^ "Zeitung "Junge Welt" – 17. Oktober 1989". ddr-museum.de (in German). Berlin: DDR Museum Berlin GmbH. n.d. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  10. ^ a b Koschmieder, Dietmar (30 April 2018). "Wem gehört die junge Welt?". Junge Welt. Berlin: 8. Mai GmbH.
  11. ^ ""Junge Welt" sieht Existenz gefährdet: Mit einer Million in den Miesen". Die Tageszeitung (in German). Berlin: taz Verlags u. Vertriebs GmbH. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  12. ^ a b Kilpert, Daniel (28 November 2006). "Antisemitismus von links" (in German). Federal Agency for Civic Education. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Linke Presse will Mehrheit an Verlag 8. Mai". Neues Deutschland (in German). Berlin: Neues Deutschland Druckerei und Verlag GmbH. 8 July 1997. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution 2008" (PDF). Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. 2009. p. 128. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2010. One important printed medium in the left-wing "extremist" scene is the national daily newspaper junge Welt (jW, young world).
  15. ^ Verfassungsschutzbericht 2011. S. 173. Available online: "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Mediadaten junge Welt" [media information junge Welt] (PDF). junge Welt (in German). Berlin. 1 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Berliner Verwaltungsgericht: Eilantrag von Junge Welt abgelehnt". Berliner Zeitung (in German). 25 March 2022.
  18. ^ Christian Buß, "Spitzel mit Spitzenleistung", Spiegel-online (11 July 2007)

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