When ARTE broadcast the legendary horror classic “Zombie 2 – Day Of The Dead” aka “Zombie 2 – The Last Chapter” in January, we were not the only ones surprised. Now the matter has legal aftermath…
“Zombie 2 – Day Of The Dead” aka “Zombie 2 – The Last Chapter” is indexed in Germany in the unabridged version. Corresponding versions of the horror film were even confiscated. Therefore, an unabridged broadcast on ARTE on the night of January 27th to 28th, 2022 caused great surprise for us too. At that time, the film had even been placed in the broadcaster’s media library in its entirety beforehand.
Was there a quiet, quiet, and secret re-examination? No, ARTE made a mistake at the time, as the Franco-German culture broadcaster admitted in a statement a short time later. At the time we were hoping that the broadcast on ARTE might start a new discussion about whether it wasn’t time to lift the confiscation after all. There are actually consequences – but different ones…
The prosecutor is investigating
Then as the Taz reported, the public prosecutor’s office in Baden-Baden has started criminal investigations. Violations of Section 131 of the Criminal Code and Section 4 of the Youth Media Protection State Treaty are in the room. The investigation is directed against the unknown. A TV station itself cannot be the target of criminal investigations. These must always be aimed at people.
According to the Taz against the unknown. The public prosecutor’s office should now try to find out who was responsible for ARTE for the fact that the banned horror film was shown in its entirety on TV and in the media library.
According to Section 131 of the Criminal Code, those responsible for broadcasting could face a fine, in the worst case even a prison sentence of up to one year. If there is no corresponding criminal record, such a sentence is regularly suspended on probation. That in the end someone even ends up in prison for broadcasting the horror film can therefore be ruled out.