The rake

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Logo DIE HARKE.jpg
description local newspaper
Area of ​​Expertise Local news
publishing company J. Hoffmann GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Headquarters Nienburg / Weser
First edition October 1, 1871
Frequency of publication Monday to Saturday
Sold edition 16,061 copies
( IVW 2/2020, Mon-Sat)
Editor-in-chief Holger Lachnit
editor Christian Rumpeltin
executive Director Christian Rumpeltin
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Die Harke is a local daily newspaper in Lower Saxony based in Nienburg / Weser .

Its distribution area includes the district of Nienburg / Weser . In the communities that to the Lower Saxony regional reorganization to the district county Hoya included, but that is Kreiszeitung the dominant daily newspaper. The sold circulation is 16,061 copies, a decrease of 32 percent since 1998.

The distribution area in detail: DIE HARKE: Eystrup, Grafschaft Hoya, Heemsen, Landesbergen, Liebenau, Marklohe, Nienburg / Weser, Rehburg-Loccum, Schluesselburg, Siedenburg, Staffhorst, Steimbke, Steyerberg, Stolzenau, Uchte (with surroundings) DIE HARKE am Sonntag : District of Nienburg (entire), District of Diepholz (partially) and peripheral areas


The Rake appears from Monday to Saturday in Berlin newspaper format .

The newspaper cover is obtained from the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland in Hanover, which is a subsidiary of the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung .

The rake was founded in 1871 and is published today by J. Hoffmann GmbH & Co. KG.

The rake has been printed by Druckhaus Bruns , in which the Mindener Tageblatt also appears, in Minden , East Westphalia, since July 1, 2013 .

On Sundays the free advertising paper Harke am Sonntag appears with almost exclusively local reports.


As one of the few daily newspapers in Germany, Die Harke has been owned by the Hoffmann / Rumpeltin publishing family for five generations. The roots of the newspaper go back to 1871. The name, which is unique in the German newspaper landscape, was coined at that time: "Our rake should help to cleanse the beloved soil of our homeland from the weeds of spiritual indolence and disbelief. The rake, a tool that everyone uses who tills a piece of maternal earth. Also Our rake is intended for everyone whose content, perspective and line of thought is adapted ", it said in the invitation to the subscription in 1871.

Part of the Edathy Affair

In February 2014 Die Harke reported on an official search of the house of the former MP Sebastian Edathy . To this end, she published a photo online that was taken through a window during the search and showed details of a room. This picture was judged controversially. The Federal Association of the German Association of Journalists said: "All in all, the publication of the apartment photos appears to be (still) justifiable, even if the German jurisdiction can always cause surprises on such issues." The Complaints Committee of the German Press Council, however, saw the publication of the picture as "a serious violation of the protection of personality" (Directive 8.8 of the Press Code ) and issued a public reprimand, the toughest of its sanction options, against the newspaper. The DJV was of the opinion: "The decision of the press council is to be understood as a professional ethical corrective with which the employees of the press are requested to correct their editorial decisions or to exercise them differently in the future. The question of whether the use of images is legally permissible should therefore be treated separately from it. "

In principle, however, the exclusive reporting triggered the Edathy affair . In a Spiegel interview on March 17, 2014, Edathy said: "My hope was that possible investigations would be less likely to become public if I am no longer a member of parliament. It must be said that it did not work."


Like most German daily newspapers , the Harke has lost circulation in recent years . The number of copies sold has fallen by an average of 2.1% per year over the past 10 years. Last year it decreased by 2.9%. It is currently 16,061 copies. The share of subscriptions in the circulation sold is 91.1 percent.

Development of the number of copies sold

Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW ( details on )
  2. ^ [1] RND network, accessed December 19, 2017
  3. Mindener Tageblatt: The rake is now being printed in Minden Edition of July 2, 2013, accessed on July 2, 2013
  4. ^ "On the story of The Rake" ( Memento from October 8, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  5. "Photo in the apartment: personal rights?" , of February 14, 2014
  6. Press release German Press Council Complaints Committee , March 13, 2014
  7. "Press Council considers Harke-Bild to be a violation" , DJV of March 14, 2014
  8. Der Spiegel, issue 12/2014
  9. according to IVW ( online )
  10. according to IVW , second quarter 2020, Mon-Sat ( details and quarterly comparison on )
  11. according to IVW , fourth quarter in each case ( details on )

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