Austria public broadcaster pulls documentary "Black in Vienna - from Soliman to Alaba"
An Austrian filmmaker criticised the country's public broadcaster today for removing from its schedules at short notice a documentary he made on the history of Vienna's black community.
He told the Standard newspaper that the documentary had initially "been taken on with great enthusiasm by the relevant editor" and that the decision not to air it was taken "without (giving) more detailed reasons relating to the content".
In a statement to Austrian media, ORF said: "The documentary as delivered did not meet the commissioned concept in terms of its form, content and technical aspects." "After reviewing the film, the transmission date was therefore postponed and the director has been asked to rework the film".
Podgorski said he had not been told of any such objections.
ORF has frequently come under attack from the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), which has been in a coalition government since late last year.
Earlier this year FPOe party head and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to apologise to one of ORF's most prominent newscasters, Armin Wolf, after sharing a Facebook post which accused Wolf of spreading "lies" and "fake news".
Podgorski's documentary was meant to be shown as part of a series called "Oesterreich Bild" (Image of Austria). This Sunday's slot will instead be filled by a programme about Vienna's "Heuriger" wine taverns.
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