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German TV slams exclusion from European nationalist meeting

  • FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2016 file picture AfD (Alternative for Germany) chairwoman Frauke Petry attends a news conference of the party in Berlin.  European nationalist leaders including French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders plan to meet in Germany later this month. The office of Marcus Pretzell, a European Parliament lawmaker with the Alternative for Germany party, on Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017  billed the Jan. 21 meeting in Koblenz of the legislature’s Europe of Nations and Freedom group as bringing together “the top politicians of the new Europe.”  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

    FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2016 file picture AfD (Alternative for Germany) chairwoman Frauke Petry attends a news conference of the party in Berlin. European nationalist leaders including French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders plan to meet in Germany later this month. The office of Marcus Pretzell, a European Parliament lawmaker with the Alternative for Germany party, on Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017 billed the Jan. 21 meeting in Koblenz of the legislature’s Europe of Nations and Freedom group as bringing together “the top politicians of the new Europe.” (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015 file picture shows AfD (Alternative for Germany) politician Marcus Pretzell, during a party meeting in Hannover, Germany. German public broadcaster ARD says Thursday Jan. 12, 2017  it may take legal action after being refused access to a conference of European nationalist leaders later this month. Apart from Alternative for Germany co-leader Frauke Petry and its European lawmaker Marcus Pretzell, the Jan. 21 meeting in Koblenz also features French Front National leader Marine Le Pen and  Geert Wilders of the Dutch anti-Islam Party for Freedom. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP,file)

    FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015 file picture shows AfD (Alternative for Germany) politician Marcus Pretzell, during a party meeting in Hannover, Germany. German public broadcaster ARD says Thursday Jan. 12, 2017 it may take legal action after being refused access to a conference of European nationalist leaders later this month. Apart from Alternative for Germany co-leader Frauke Petry and its European lawmaker Marcus Pretzell, the Jan. 21 meeting in Koblenz also features French Front National leader Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders of the Dutch anti-Islam Party for Freedom. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017 file photo, Marine Le Pen, far-right leader and candidate for next spring's presidential election, delivers her New Year's address to the media in Paris. Le Pen, a top presidential candidate, sees a "grand return" of nationalism and a new France if she is elected. Le Pen’s vision for France is no European Union, no open borders and closer ties with Russia. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017 file photo, Marine Le Pen, far-right leader and candidate for next spring's presidential election, delivers her New Year's address to the media in Paris. Le Pen, a top presidential candidate, sees a "grand return" of nationalism and a new France if she is elected. Le Pen’s vision for France is no European Union, no open borders and closer ties with Russia. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)  (The Associated Press)

German public broadcaster ARD says it may take legal action after being refused access to a conference of European nationalist leaders later this month.

Volker Herres, ARD television's program director, tweeted a statement Thursday saying the broadcaster's editors "condemn this massive encroachment against the freedom to report."

ARD said it was denied accreditation by Alternative for Germany, an anti-immigration party that is doing well in opinion polls ahead of the country's fall general election. The station rejected the claim it had reported unfairly on the party in the past.

Apart from Alternative for Germany co-leader Frauke Petry and the party's European Parliament member Marcus Pretzell, French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders of the Dutch anti-Islam Party for Freedom are expected to be at the Jan. 21 conference in Koblenz.