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German prosecutor sacked amid treason investigation

Germany’s government sacked the top public prosecutor this week after he accused the justice ministry of interfering in a widely criticized treason investigation against a news website. Prosecutor Harald Range last week suspended the investigation into netzpolitik.org while he awaited an independent expert opinion on whether the website had revealed state secrets by publishing plans to step up state surveillance of online communications. It has triggered a public outcry and debate over the constitutional rights to freedom of the press.

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