FM4 "Reality Check" Themes for 15.5.2001, 12.00 - 14.00

Wien (OTS) - Today’s Reality Check Themes are:

BIG BROTHER.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that taking Marajuana for medical reasons should remain illegal. Despite tremendous evidence that medical Marajuana significantly reduces pain and side effects from cancer treatments etc., the highest legal body in the United States has ruled that this is and should remain illegal.

REDE ZUR LAGE DER NATION.
Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel’s first address to Austrians on the State of the Nation, since taking office in Febrary 2000, was delivered in the Hofburg’s Redoutensaal this morning. Journalist Kerry Skyring offers his analysis of the Chancellor’s address.

REDE ZUR LAGE DER PRESSEFREIHEIT:
An hour before the Chancellor’s address, top Austrian journalists gathered at the Presse Club Concordia to express their concerns about Justice Minister Böhmdorfer’s intention to ammend the media law. The introduction of paragraph 56 continues to be controversial despite assurances from the Justice Minister that it would not be used to target journalists and their duty to freely express and report their views on political and social developments in Austria. Journalist Joanna King reports from the press conference.

SHOULD POWERS FOR SCHOOL DOCTORS BE INCREASED?
A follow-up on yesterday’s Reality Check which considered the suggestion that school doctors be legally permitted to prescribe the pill to students, thereby cutting red tape and reducing embarrassment for students who would otherwise have to find a doctor, organize a Krankenscheine and get help for contraception. Yesterday we heard about the potential problems involved from Vienna City Council Health Advisor, Dr. Beate Wimmer-Puchinger. Today Reality Check hears from Viennese Bundesschilsprecher, Philip Wiesinger.

EUROTEAM.
The Parliamentary Commission looking into the Euroteam affair will be questioning former SPÖ Chancellor Viktor Klima today. Mr. Klima has especially returned to Austria from his Volkswagen job in Argentina for the purpose of the investigation. The Euroteam Consulting company was employed by SPÖ-led administrations from 1995-1999 to identify and set budgets for possible government projects. Parliament is investigating the company’s alleged abuse of funds by interrorgating former government members who were responsible for the commissioning and payments made to Euroteam. KURIER newspaper journalist, Christian Thonke, reports on today’s questioning of the former Chancellor.

CULTURE VULTURE
Culture Vulture features the Austrian film "PIANO PLAYER" which has caused a stir at the Cannes Film Festival.

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