German talkshow under fire over ‘propaganda’ by niqab-wearing guest

Berlin (AFP) – German public broadcaster ARD came under fire Monday for allowing a woman wearing a full-face veil to argue on a current affairs talkshow that disillusioned youths could view war-torn Syria as the “promised land”.

The popular Sunday night show hosted by Anne Will featured a man who had lost his daughter to the Islamic State group, a lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, an expert on Islam and an imam, discussing the question of “why young people are being radicalised.”

But most eye-catching was the fifth guest, Nora Illi, the women’s representative of an unofficial group called the Islamic Central Committee of Switzerland, who attended the live show in a niqab.