Letter from Swiss Scientology Attorney
as reported from
March 8, 2001
From: Peter Widmer
Subject: Brief von G. Arm
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001
Gabriela Arm, the "attorney" of the so-called Scientology Church Zurich, had the following letter sent to Jean-Luc Barbier after his appearance on TF 1. Some brief comments on the nonsense:
- Barbier's statements correspond to reality and can be verified at any time by various former Scientologists.
- G. Arm knows very well that the so-called Racism Article (Art. 261bis StGB), in accordance with past court judgments (e.g., Criminal Court Chamber of St. Gallen Canton of 1997, non-interference of the federal court with Scientology's complaint) can have no application for Scientology (Scientology is neither a race, ethnicity nor religion but, as a federal court decision recently found, a common commercial operation.)
SCIENTOLOGY KIRCHE ZÜRICH
Zurich, 26th February 2001
As attorney of the Scientology Church Zurich I represent the various Scientology Churches in Switzerland.
I became aware of the television show "Ciel Mon Mardi" broadcast by TF1 on February 6, 2001.
In the course of this broadcast you made untrue statements and expressed defamatory claims about Scientologists and the Scientology Church.
So you stated, among other things:
- "There are demands by Scientology to break the law. I received such demands from Scientology functionaries."
- "They were put in the so-called Redemption Project Force, called the RPF, which means a gulag. I comment: they wear black clothing, black arm bands ..."
- "Therefore filing a law suit means knowing in advance that they can expect attacks from the cult."
- "My attorney saw his mother's house defaced with graffiti. Several days later one of his document folders was stolen ... his daughter's car was tampered with so that it could not be driven ... someone came and stole a dossier from me which he gave back to me several months later and said, "if you want you can file criminal charges against me" ... [a completely nonsensical sentence made by distorting statements Jean-Luc Barbier made during the show] Because from the moment I sued that is what I experienced. I became aware of anonymous letters sent to the police that said I was striking my children."
- "I was forced to move six times by pressure from Scientology. Therefore they were banned in Greece."
These assertions are untrue and are not supported by any evidence. Instead you are using them to provoke hate and hate operations through these lies by governments against Scientologists and the church. In Switzerland such an attempt to instigate hate by fraudulent propaganda is a criminal action and can be punished according to Article 261bis of the criminal code book.
I am politely requesting that you refrain from making such assertions in the future, otherwise I will be compelled to file a civil suit against you. I will also be compelled to file charges against you for racist and religious discrimination.
Please send me your answer within 10 days.
Very respectfully etc. ...
Controversial Software Component
November 29, 2000
You can be sure that Microsoft's reaction to the hysteria of a few anti-cultists in Germany will be immortalized in the next UN Human Rights and the next US State Department report. The software in question was developed by a US company whose owner is a private member of the Scientology Church. The company has nothing to do with Scientology. Picture the scandal if that action had been taken on a company which belonged to a Jew!
There was little feedback from the Swiss media about the unfounded security objections. Some time ago, several fanatics in Germany tried to call for a boycott of "Mission Impossible" because Tom Cruise is a Scientologist. The only pit of it is that a world-class company is forced to undergo this type of discrimination.
Juerg Stettler, Scientology-Kirche Zurich
[note: Here is a report from the alt.religion.scientology news group which may be of interest in regards the above article. Among other things, it says Craig Jensen, chief of Executive Software, who manufactures Diskeeper, is former Scientology Guardian Office staff. The Guardian Office was renamed Office of Special Affairs (OSA) after 11 top Scientologists were convicted and imprisoned for burglarizing and stealing information from U.S. federal offices in Washington, D.C.]
From Stacy Brooks, November 25, 2000, as posted to a.r.s.
Karin and I attended a hearing of the House International Relations Committee on June 14 of this year (personally escorted in, actually, by one of the chairman's aides). As far as we could tell, we were the only non-Scientologists in the hearing room. Most of the members of the audience wore buttons proclaiming "Religious Freedom for Europe," a Scientology public relations campaign. Bill Walsh, a Washington, D.C., attorney who has been on Scientology's payroll since the Guardian's Office days, was there, along with a number of other Scientology professionals. Former PR Secretary OSA Int Leisa Goodman was also there, looking nervous but lovely in a peach blazer. Washington, D.C., OSA operatives Sylvia Stanard, Sue Taylor, and Thierry Duchenac (my apologies if I've misspelled that) sat behind and next to Karin and me. They also followed us afterwards, although neither Karin nor I caused any disturbance at all during the hearing. We just sat and listened.
I believe there are about fifty members of the committee, but only a handful attended this particular hearing. The rest, I assumed, did not want to be associated with what seemed to be clearly a Scientology-orchestrated show.
The witnesses had obviously been handpicked by Scientology. Long-time Guardian's Office legal staff member Craig Jensen was one of them. Craig was kicked off staff in 1982 when Miscavige took over the Guardian's Office. As Miscavige did with many of the Guardian's Office executives, such as Henning Heldt, Duke Snider, and others, he ordered Craig Jensen to start a business that could serve Scientology's interests. Jensen started Executive Software that same year. Not surprisingly, Jensen didn't mention his Guardian's Office background during his testimony. Another witness was the young woman who stars on the television program JAG. Forgive me for forgetting her name. She read a statement by Anne Archer. Why Anne Archer could not be present to read her own statement was never explained. Chick Corea was supposed to make an appearance but never did. Again, there was no explanation, but it seemed to me that this was why Leisa Goodman was looking so nervous.
Half the front row was filled with German Scientologists. They were introduced, each with a dramatic story, as having had to flee Germany because of religious discrimination. One of the Germans was Antje Victore, presented to the committee as the first German to be granted asylum in the United States for religious discrimination. She is the one, you may remember, who was exposed in Stern magazine shortly afterward as having obtained asylum by presenting fraudulent documents, created as a favor to her by fellow Scientologists, to a judge in Tampa.
The hearing was all about Scientology trying to get economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. Congress against Germany, France, Austria and Belgium for so-called "religious discrimination" against Scientologists. This cry of religious discrimination is Scientology's latest strategy to use the U.S. government to bring these recalcitrant European countries under control. As you probably know, there is a policy called, I believe, "Dept of Govt Affairs" in which, if memory serves me well, Hubbard instructed his followers to gain control of governments by "high level ability to control or, in its absence, by low level ability to overwhelm." So far Scientology doesn't seem to be doing very well at applying this policy to Europe. Despite what appeared to be a well-rehearsed, impassioned defense of Scientology by a committee member named Salmon (including a vehement attack on the LMT as a hate group, by the way, which Karin and I assumed had been written into the script especially for our benefit when we made our surprise appearance), the hearing did not result in any sanctions, or any other actions against Europe that I know of, for that matter.
Much to OSA's chagrin, no press showed up for the hearing, nor was there any published media about the event, despite the Scientology starlet from JAG. For the sake of the media stats, it was really too bad that Chick didn't show up.
I don't believe Salmon was re-elected, either.
--- end of report
October 13, 1999
Letter to the editor
in response to "Scientology Trial in Marseille
Tages-Anzeiger of September 21
Even neutral observers attest that France has been stoking an extreme climate of intolerance in the past few years, and not just from the side of the government. The list of the "dangerous" minority religions cataloged in an official report has over 160 entries, and even includes Baptists (the U.S. president's religion). Various human rights reports have criticized France for its minority politics.
The story about missing court documents is characteristic of the hysteria. It was first simply claimed that Scientology had something to do with that, until it turned out that it was a mistake by the official.
In Paris, two anti-sect proponents were recently charged, because they had falsely asserted that Scientology had something to do with the disappearance of the documents. The presumed idea of world domination is always being shouted about the minorities, whether they are Freemasons, Jews or other groups. That does not make it all the more true. The idea of "happy slaves" is also diametrically opposed to the actual idea of Scientology.
The hysteria which has been created in the past several weeks about this trial does not have any relationship to the actual events.
Letter to the Editor
June 19, 1999
Addressing, not Annoying
Neither in Basel nor in Buchs was it ever predicted that Scientologists would not be permitted to address pedestrians on public space any more. In both localities, the use of "importune" or "annoying" address was avoided.
Therefore members of the Scientology Church in Basel continue to address people on the street. Nothing else need be done to permit this. The members are advised to behave in a reserved manner. Regulation contrary to this will not only violate freedom of speech, but also freedom of religion.
Juerg Stettler, Scientology, Zurich
In Seebach the Hubbard disciples have opened a drug info center which goes by the name of Narconon
March 12, 2001
by Hugo Stamm
For years the Scientologists have been active on the Zurich drug scene to win drug addicts for a withdrawal program in their Narconon rehabilitation center in Waldstatt AR. Their success so far has been mediocre because drug experts have critically evaluated the withdrawal and rehabilitation methods of Scientology founder Ron Hubbard and have always found something amiss when it came to recommending funding by the community.
Narconon intends to launch an information campaign in a new PR offensive and win addicts for the withdrawal in its center. On Saturday the Scientologists had an opening celebration for the new info center on 69 Seebacher Street. Berne artist Housi Knecht and the renowned former track athlete Stefan Burkart praised the achievements of Sect founder Ron Hubbard, who was said to have recognized the dangers of drug misuse early on. To the question of why Narconon had opened the info center on the edge of the city far from any drug districts, its president Ursula Suess said the location did not play a big role.
Primarily the Purification Program
Narconon wants to organize informational lectures at schools, conduct seminars on drug issues and a personality course and offer personal counseling. The controversial Narconon withdrawal consists primarily of a Purification Program, in which the addicts are to spend about four hours in the sauna daily and endlessly swallow pills, up to 45 a day, as stated by graduates of the program. The withdrawal costs up to 130 franks per day and the program lasts, as a rule, six months.
October 8, 2000
Windisch - About 40 Scientology adherents demonstrated against the use of electroshock therapy in front of the Koenigsfelden psychiatric clinic yesterday. They demanded a complete ban on this treatment. The rally, for which no permit was issued, elapsed "peacefully and without incident," said a police spokesman.
Religious Freedom for all
July 19, 2000
Almost 50 Scientologists, half as many as expected, protested with a demonstration march on Tuesday from Buerkliplatz in front of the French consulate on Muehlebach Street in district 8 against a newly planned law in France which was said to be meant to give the government the option of dissolving minority religions. On banners and posters, on which the name "Scientology" did not appear, they demanded "Religious Freedom for All." The peacefully conducted rally was directed against an interministerial work group whose sole purpose was "combatting sects." It was said that the consulate would receive a note of protest which it would give to the government. (thas.)
The Scientology show goes on
A Scientology recruitment drive turning heads
May 5, 2000
by Hugo Stamm
The controversial Scientology Organization will be carrying out a recruitment drive from May 12 to 17 in a room at the Carlton Restaurant at Bahnhof Street with upright display screens, short lectures, film presentations and a Sunday service. The Scientologists have sent out much advertising material in advance. Several TA [this newspaper] readers were surprised at the personally addressed invitations and made inquiries as to who was behind them. They were mainly surprised that the recruitment event was to take place in the renowned Carlton.
Business manager Markus Segmueller confirmed the exhibition date. At the same time he admitted to making a mistake. He had thought that it was a representative from a company. Not only until after the contract negotiations had begun did he realized that Scientologists were involved. "At that point I sent them a letter in which I made it clear that, under those circumstances, they would not receive the room," said the business manager.
However, the Scientologists did not give up. A delegation sought him out and talked to him for two hours. At the end of it he had unfortunately let himself be talked into making the exhibition room available to them, said Segmueller.
Today he regrets that he did not stand fast. Fear of demands for recompensation - Scientology has already expended much money on advertisement - keep him from putting a stop to the event. But he will see to it that the Scientologists do not hang up posters or distribute leaflets in the near vicinity.
New Scientology Center in Albisrieden
Neue Zuercher Zeitung
pi. Scientology has moved into their new domicile in Albisrieden in Zurich. As the controversial organization revealed in a press release, their present headquarters on 141 Badener Street will finally be given up. The Scientologists had already tried, in the beginning of this year, to find a place in Albisrieden, but their plans shattered due to vehement resistance by the surrounding neighborhood and the local business association. Scientology has now done it on the second try and is moving into two buildings located at numbers 11 and 27 Freilager Street. Communication courses, seminars and counselling are to be held on the one premises; the other is to hold the administrative offices and the printing presses.
A total of about 150 people will work in the new Scientology center. The organization again caused a stir last June when they set up an information and test center at the Stauffacher streetcar stop near 41 Badener Street. The local district association and some of the neighbors vehemently protested the presence of Scientology in the middle of the district, not least of all because they were concerned that the shops and property along Stauffacher would drop in value. It had been hoped that the location would not be occupied for long, but it can be gathered from the press release that Scientology will continue to maintain the info center on Stauffacher despite protests.
Pictures and map of old and new Scientology centers at 990611a.htm
Conflict over Sect Center
June 23, 1999
Quiet as clams, Scientology has opened up a new center on Staffacher. The district is protesting and threatening to throw them out.
by Hugo Stamm
In a surprise coup the Scientologists, over the weekend, transformed the Neuburger Dependance Sports Shop on 41 Badener Street by the Stauffacher streetcar stop into an information and test center. Passersby and surrounding shop owners were surprised on Monday morning when they discovered the new show window with the advertisement for the sect. As at Albisrieden, the Scientologists had succeeded in keeping the operation under wraps. However they have already been promised trouble, because even the lessors themselves knew nothing about their renters when the contract was signed, because the Scientologists just sub-let from Neuburger. The real estate company reacted on Monday by giving notice.
Rent too high
How did this shell game come about? The Neuburger Sports Shop had signed a ten-year lease agreement with the Dependance and pays over 6,000 franks per month, as explained by proprietor Rene Neuburger. Since the rent is much too high at today's prices, he had wanted to rent out the establishment, but only the Scientologists were ready to take over the location at the same rent. "How the Scientologists get their money is all the same to me. I am a businessman," said Neuburger.
There was much uproar on Stauffacher on Monday. The Parade Place Real Estate agency, which was just as surprised as anybody else, had immediately sent Neuburger notice, as Rene Neuburger explained. The reason given was Scientology's bad reputation. The building manager demanded that Scientology vacate the space by the end of July. Neuburger did not, however, accept the notice, and wants to fight it in court. He is convinced that he can delay the notice for two years more; that would bring him to the end of the contract with the Scientologists.
Max Kuenzig, President of the Aussersihl District Association, described the entire operation by the Scientologists as bottomless impertinence. He had immediately notified the commercial, advertisement and planning police. The presence of the Scientologists would allegedly harm the Stauffacher quarter and its businesses because the quarter would be devalued. Kuenzig is afraid that many pedestrians will now avoid Stauffacher to keep from being annoyed by the proselytizing Scientologists.
He also believes the Scientologists are insolent in having rented in a building which also houses the Church Aid Center for the Unemployed and the ministry for people with cerebral and mental handicaps. These could turn into sect victims, as if they don't have it bad enough already. Besides those, the directly adjacent "McDonalds" offers a profitable recruitment pool. The District Association president intends to suggest to the members of his association that they no longer buy at Neuburger's because he has allegedly put a burden on the district.
Neighbors are annoyed
The Director of the Church Service Center for the Unemployed, Marianne de Mestral, is also unsettled by her new neighbors. "There is a big danger of a mix-up, after all Scientology calls itself a church, too," she said. On top of that, Scientology regularly tries to lure the unemployed with posters and advertisements. She is afraid that those seeking help will be snatched up by the Scientologists instead.
Some of the shop owners and staff of the nearby businesses are afraid that the proselytizing Scientologists could annoy their customers on the street. "The talk of the day by our customers goes, "My, but you've gotten some beautiful neighbors, there," said a saleslady at a dress shop. She forecasts catastrophe, "There will certainly be a negative effect on sales." The manager of a different shop was afraid to make a comment, "I am saying nothing about that."
For Scientology press spokesman Juerg Stettler, the rejections are the product of prejudice against his organization. He is convinced, despite the notice having been given by the real estate company, of being able to stay in the new center until the end of the contract.
Is Scientology expanding?
June 11, 1999
This Fall the psycho-sect moves into two centers in Albisrieden
by Hugo Stamm
Scientology made it on the second go-round and will now move to Albisrieden. Resistance by neighbors and business associations last February prevented the sect from being able to move into a center on the corner of Rautis and Albisrieder. This time, however, all parties held together long enough to get the contract signed. As a result, Scientology will vacate the mega-center on Badener Street in late summer or fall to move into two buildings with about 2,000 square meters of space at 11 and 27 Freilager Street.
Course rooms and offices will be set up in two floors over the Mito Grage at 11 Freilager Street. The spaces have been vacant for almost two years. Scientologists are already engaged in renovative work. At 27 Freilager Street a printer's shop and offices will be established.
"I am absolutely not thrilled that the Scientologists are coming to Albisrieden after all," said Margrith Stoeckli, President of the Business Association. An employee of a neighboring business slapped his forehead and said, "I'm afraid we're going to have to build defensive trenches." In contrast, Ruedi Schellenber, manager of the property at 11 Freilager Street, has no fear of trouble. "For us Scientology is a renter, just like anybody else," he said.
Garage mechanic Karl Ecker at 27 Freilager Street is not especially overjoyed. "I'll have to get along with the Scientologists and hope that they leave me in peace." Robert Wille, boss at the Mito Garage, is not worried about his customers reacting negatively. He is still surprised that the new renters agreed to a few less parking spots.
Press spokesman Juerg Stettler explained that they would not proselytize in Albisrieden, since Freilager Street is currently situated in an industrial quarter. For its missionary work an information and test center is planned in the inner city.
[Below is a picture of the new Scientology center on Freilager Str. This is the one with the Mito Garage on the ground floor.] [Below is a picture of the old Scientology mega-center on Badener Street. The building to the left is not part of the center.] To see a map click here. [The circle on the right is the old, on the left is the new one at 11 Freilager. See the little red dot to the right of the mark? That is the bus stop at the left in the picture above.]
Scientology tells something about Scientology
The Scientology Sect introduces itself at an exhibition in *"Schützenhaus Albisgüetli"
*see http://www.albisguetli.ch/ for a picture of the place.
May 15, 1999
The exhibition which will be held in Zurich for one week, as it was in Washington, Madrid, Vienna and Paris, opened yesterday in the "Schützenhaus Albisgüetli" with alpenhorns and Dixieland jazz. One intends "to inform on neutral territory," said Juerg Stettler, President of Scientology Zurich, "so that everyone can make his own picture for himself." The American movement celebrates its 40 years in Europe with the presentation.
Until May 21 the sect will present itself with hundreds of blown-up pictures and video clips. Founder L. Ron Hubbard will be presented as philosopher, pedagogue, author, artist and researcher - in short, as a universal genius, with his doctrines propagated as spiritual salvation for humankind. He who is not timid can test the famous electrometer, e-meter for short, whose movements are meant to isolate spiritual obstacles.
No more in "Albisgüetli"
Nowhere in the displayed pictures does it show that the commercial sect is under constant fire from the law and the media. The presentation, part of a large-scale information and advertisement campaign, would even like to address "officials, politicians and representatives of other religions." In the jam-packed viewing of yesterday however, the members kept to themselves. "This event is for the members themselves, and is supposed to relieve public pressure on the sect," Otto Schmid, member of the Evangelical orientation center staff, evaluated the situation.
Georg Taennler, director of the "Schützenhaus," said he started having a problem with Scientology when the media asked him so many questions about it. Although it is open to all, the establishment will not rent to the organization any more. The "Schützenhaus" has already wrongly been called an SVP stronghold, even though all the other parties also hold conventions here. (mm)
[There are some pictures of a different 40 year celebration at Bad Cannstatt at http://members.tripod.com/German_Scn_News/cannstat.htm.]
A complaint against the "Tages-Anzeiger" was dismissed
March 20, 2001
sda. Journalists do not have to reveal their sources even if those affected by the accusations of the informant are not able to respond without being aware of his identity. Protecting the source in founded cases takes precedence over the obligation to complete revelation of sources.
With that the Press Council dismissed a complaint by the Narconon Association against an article by sect specialist Hugo Stamm in the "Tages-Anzeiger" about the controversial drug therapy at Narconon. In it was quoted an anonymous informant who ended her therapy because, in her opinion, questionable methods were being used. The president of Narconon filed a complaint against this article with the Press Council. It accused Stamm in particular of having had no direct contact with the person cited and of using non-genuine quotes. The Press Council found, on information presented to it by the newspaper, that Stamm himself had spoken with the informant. The journalist subsequently confronted the complainant with the informant's most serious accusations and took her most important answers for his article. In addition Stamm, correctly, refused to reveal the identity of his informant to Narconon. This was, according to statements from the "Tages-Anzeiger," due to annoyances from representatives from the area of Narconon and Scientology in connection to the publication of the article.
More money for Infosekta
May 18, 2000
The city can continue to support the Infosekta sect counselling center. The Community Council followed suit of the city council and rejected the individual initiative of Scientologist Peter Thalmann with a vote of 90 to 0. Thalmann had demanded cessation of financial support for Infosekta with the argument that the subsidization violated religious freedom. In addition, he said that Infosekta led a "battle against minority religions" with the money.
The city council decided that the contribution of 20,000 franks per year to Infosekta was in the public interest and did not present a violation of freedom of religion. The Federal Court had also decided that the subsidy did not violate the religious neutrality of the state.
Thomas Marthaler (SP) emphasized that it was a mission of the state to support an association that did this type of information work. When people were "lulled" with a teaching of salvation, psychic damage and financial necessity could result, and the state would have to jump in. The SVP, which supported the individual initiative in the preliminary commission, withdrew its proposal. Mauro Tuena stressed, though, that the subsidy would again be scrutinized as soon as a new reason presented itself.
Scientology vs. InfoSekta
September 8, 1999
Scientologist Peter Thalmann is demanding from City Council that the city discontinue subsidies of 20,000 Swiss franks annually [about $14,000] to the InfoSekta Sect Counselling Center. His argument is that religious freedom is being violated with the supporting funds. Middle school teacher Thalmann, who calls himself an L. Ron Hubbard PR Representative (Hubbard is the found of Scientology), has submitted an individual initiative on this account.
The individual initiative is another broadside which the Scientologists have been firing at independent sect counselling centers. Thalmann had already submitted an individual initiative with the same wording eleven months ago. Besides that, the sect has submitted various complaints to the state to stop the subsidies. Turning against the government assembly which has supported InfoSekta, Scientology has also sued all the way up to Federal Court. Without success, in any case, because the highest court has not been able to make out any violation of religious freedom. InfoSekta has protested against Thalmann's assertion that the counselling center only gave out one-sided information.
They stated that the individual initiative contained false information. Thalmann claimed that the InfoSekta board of directors included ministers employed by the state churches and wrote, "This strong presence of the state churches explains the conduct of InfoSekta, their activity is not clearly stamped with religious neutrality and tolerance, but presumably with thoughts of competition." The fact is, however, that no ministers are on the board of directors. (sta)
From "Tages-Anzeiger", Zurich, Switzerland
March 15, 1997
The Press Council absolves Hugo Stamm of any guilt in the suicide of Eynar Grabowsky
TA reporter Hugo Stamm behaved correctly in every regard in researching the economic situation of play producer Eynar Grabowsky. This is the conclusion reached by the Press Council.
by Hanspeter Burgin
"There is a public interest in information about the debts of Eynar Grabowsky, a play producer who was in the public eye." This is cited from the Press Council of the Swiss Association of Journalists in its public decision which was released Friday. It further determined that Hugo Stamm's research did not violate the journalists' "Declaration of Duties and Rights."
The Press Council tackled the delicate question of when the public interest is greater that a person's right to privacy. As a reaction to the suicide of Eynar Grabowsky, various people, including his brother Vincent, tried to make a connection to the research done by Hugo Stamm, and accused him of "bringing about Grabowsky's death."
Hugo Stamm is now fully cleared of this serious accusation. After extensive consideration, the Press Council determined five points:
- "Grabowsky was a person in the public eye." As a theater producer and manager of public establishments, his "business matters were not strictly a private matter." In light of the management of several million franks, "at least the theater-going public had a right to know what was wrong."
- There was no possibility of anonymous or illicit accusations. Hugo Stamm confronted Grabowsky with his research results, and offered him the opportunity of giving his side of the story, "he was even ready to give him his own interview."
- The question of the "ethic of restraint" was came up. That is whether the media must be silent on a subject when the danger "of their report having undesired consequences" exists. Such an "effect-oriented ethic of responsibility" could be fatal, "because it would prohibit any criticism of a public person." The "ethic of restraint" is only called for if the media runs the risk of "muckraking, or peeking through keyholes out of sheer curiosity." In this case, that risk did not exist.
- The subject of Grabowsky's debts "were of public relevance." Stamm behaved correctly when he agreed to a delay of the article to give Grabowsky a chance to give his side of the story, "though the story was ready to be published in a later edition." Any consideration for the special wishes of the person concerned took second place to "the right of the public to learn the truth." It would be possible to critically discuss the behavior of other news media who were not as meticulous in their news gathering of the subject as Hugo Stamm was. Neither the NZZ nor the "Neue Bulacher Tagblatt" [other Swiss newspapers] questioned Hugo Stamm concerning the accusations made against him. However, that is not the subject of this procedure.
When Hugo Stamm is in the "cross-fire of criticism," it should always be taken into account "that he will be attacked as he is a sect specialist" - especially by members of the Scientology Church. Members of the media are asked to carefully review material they have on people such as Hugo Stamm before they accept it as true and put it on the market.
The Scientology published the evidence of the determination of the Press Council in their magazine "Freiheit." In a large article, "Journalistic Tragedy", Hugo Stamm was attacked in depth, and the accusation of having cause Grabowsky's death was raised once again. It was not mentioned that Grabowsky was a Scientologist.