German Jews call game show anti-Semitic

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6 February 2004 , MUNICH - Public watchdogs Friday ordered a commercial German TV channel to re-name a game show after a national Jewish organization protested it might rouse anti-Semitic attitudes. The Bavarian New Media Council (BLM), which oversees non-public television channels in the state, unanimously disapproved of the name "The Judas Game". The game show revolves around a contestant posing as honest to fool other players and the audience. The show ran for the first time Thursday evening on the chan

6 February 2004

MUNICH - Public watchdogs Friday ordered a commercial German TV channel to re-name a game show after a national Jewish organization protested it might rouse anti-Semitic attitudes.

The Bavarian New Media Council (BLM), which oversees non-public television channels in the state, unanimously disapproved of the name "The Judas Game". The game show revolves around a contestant posing as honest to fool other players and the audience.

The show ran for the first time Thursday evening on the channel Kabel 1.

The BLM said Friday the name of the show was likely to offend religious sensibilities and excite anti-Semitic sentiment.

Judas is the name of the man recorded in the New Testament as defecting from Jesus.

A Kabel 1 spokeswoman said the title had been abbreviated to "J- Game" for the first broadcast.

In the show, six contestants try to convince one another that they need about EUR 50,000 immediately. Most actually need the money, but one is lying.

"Such a title is so inflammatory as to be tantamount to verbal arson," said Charlotte Knobloch, the Council of Jews vice president. "Using a title like that appeals to present and latent anti-Semitic sentiments."

DPA
Subject: German news 

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