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An empty studio chair for 45 minutes - Scrap Article 218!

In the spring of 1974 the parliament in Bonn is to debate the restrictive rules on abortion contained in Article 218. Feminists plan to stage a public abortion. The protest hits the headlines.

A TV sensation: the political magazine programme, "Panorama", shows an empty studio chair for the whole of its 45-minute slot! Protest against Germany's restrictive bulletabortion legislation has shocked parts of the establishment.

In a last-minute telephone conference, the heads of regional public-service television stations decide to ban the transmission of a feature by Cologne journalist bulletAlice Schwarzer on the planned public abortion.

In protest, and as a mark of solidarity against this censure, the entire "Panorama" editorial team - headed by Peter Merseburger - refuses to broadcast any of the items scheduled for that evening.

Ulrike Filgers

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