After the mild penalties for attacking two journalists in Thuringia, there is harsh criticism. The chairman of the board of directors of the German Association of Journalists in Thuringia, Heidje Beutel, said she feared "a signal effect in the completely wrong direction"https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/." The act was a targeted attempt at intimidation with the aim of preventing reporting ." Katharina König-Preuss, spokeswoman for anti-fascism in the Left Party, spoke of repeated failures of the judiciary. For the life-threatening attack in 2018, the accused were sentenced to 200 hours of work or one year probation. The public prosecutor's office announced an appeal on Friday, which the Federal Court of Justice must decide on.