Jungle World

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Jungle World
Logo Jungle World.svg
description Left weekly newspaper
language German
publishing company Jungle World Verlags GmbH (Germany)
Headquarters Berlin
First edition June 4th 1997
Frequency of publication weekly / thursdays
Sold edition 16,250 copies
(Publisher, March 2016)
Editors-in-chief Bernd Beier, Markus Ströhlein, Jörn Schulz
executive Director Irene Eidinger, Christine Pfeifer
Web link jungle.world
ISSN (print)
Jungle World Online Logo until 2008

The Jungle World is a left-wing political weekly newspaper . It is published in Berlin and distributed in Germany and Austria .


The weekly newspaper Jungle World was created in 1997 as a result of a labor dispute at the daily newspaper Junge Welt . After the managing director Dietmar Koschmieder had initially deposed the incumbent editor-in-chief Klaus Behnken , the vast majority of the editorial staff went on strike in protest against this decision and occupied the editorial offices. Bernd Beier, Ivo Bozic, Andreas Dietl, Jürgen Elsässer , Jürgen Kiontke, Martin Krauss , Ferdinand Muggenthaler, Stefan Ripplinger , Heike Runge, Heiko von Schrenk, Ralf Schröder, Wolf-Dieter Vogel, Beate Willms and Elke took part in the strike Wittich. The background to the dispute was a dispute about the further political course of the newspaper. Jungle World , initially only planned as a strike newspaper for the editorial majority, was initially produced in the apartment of Klaus Behnken, the former flat share of the band Ton Steine ​​Scherben , on Tempelhofer Ufer 32 in Berlin-Kreuzberg , with borrowed computers. According to Jungle World , it went on sale for the first time on June 4, 1997 without start-up capital or its own means of production, "supported only by the great support of readers and the solidarity of other media" as a regular weekly newspaper with contact address Tempelhofer Ufer 32 .

The 1000th issue of the newspaper appeared on June 7, 2017. For the 20th anniversary, this was entirely the responsibility of former employees.

Political orientation

The newspaper is partially independent. According to its self- image, Jungle World wants to be a platform for different left positions and sees itself as an undogmatic left weekly newspaper as well as an “important platform for left debates and subcultural counter-trends”. In terms of political orientation, it can be classified between radical left and unorthodox left and sees itself in particular as “decidedly not anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic and anti-American”. As a result, the part of the left in the jungle world that can be assigned to the political spectrum of anti-imperialism is regularly and vehemently criticized, among other things as nationalistic and unreflective.

According to the Federal Government's assessment from 2012, the paper shows links to the left-wing extremist spectrum.


The content spectrum of the newspaper covers the classic subject areas of social and left movements. These include the topics of anti-fascism , anti-racism , feminism , criticism of capitalism , ecology and social struggles as well as left-wing theory. In addition, Jungle World sets further priorities in its reporting on the topics of anti-Semitism and Islamism . The topics of business, science, internet and sport are also dealt with regularly. In the section Deutsches Haus , incidents from Germany with a right-wing extremist background are documented every week . Since 2018, literary critic Magnus Klaue has had the column Lahme Literaten , which contains reviews of authors or genres.

The magazine section of Jungle World is called Jungle and is included with every issue. The magazine contains, among other things, the feature pages , the sports pages and a dossier , treated in the changing authors in a longer text mostly political or socio-philosophical topics or preprints are published in literary works. Since the beginning of 2015, the dossier has been dissolved as an independent department and added to the general features section. In addition, the Talmi column by Leo Fischer , the former editor-in-chief of the satirical magazine Titanic, appears in the jungle . The comic page that concludes the magazine section is only available in the print edition and contains comic strips and drawings by Andreas Michalke , Wolfgang Buechs and 18Metzger.

In the jungle blog , mostly shorter posts on current topics that are only published online appear irregularly. In the separate section From Tunis to Tehran , Thomas von der Osten-Sacken writes specifically on topics from the Middle East .

Since 1998, the newspaper's editorial team has produced a special edition once a year in (mostly European) countries. The editorial focus is on the political and cultural situation of the respective country. In 2004, the German Federal Cultural Foundation supported a two-week stay in Israel , during which the editorial team produced a special Israel edition that was advertised under the slogan “Journey to Jerusalem”. In 2007, instead of an international one, a birthday edition was published to mark the ten-year anniversary of the newspaper. In 2014 the editors from Vienna produced an Austria edition. For their 20th birthday, Mischa Pfisterer and Malte Voss produced a film in which former and current members of the editorial team talk about the history of the Jungle World .

All issues are archived freely accessible on the website. The articles in the current issue will gradually be released over the course of the week.


The print edition is divided into a 20-page cover section in Berlin format and a 24-page magazine section in half the Berlin format. Jungle World uses the Floris JW and Floris Text fonts specially designed for the newspaper by the typographer and type designer Lucas de Groot .

A new design was introduced with the 7th edition in 2016. Among other things, the title page has been made clearer and the cover section has been converted from three to five columns. A capital "J" acts as the logo for the print edition.

Circulation and distribution

According to the publisher's service, the newspaper appears nationwide with a weekly circulation of 16,250 copies, with 11,585 copies sold in 2016, including around 6300 subscriptions . These are critical to the newspaper's funding.

The Jungle World is distributed by Carnivora Verlagsservice and is available at numerous train stations as well as in selected kiosks and bookshops in Germany and Austria.


In the feature section overview Today in the feature sections of Perlentaucher and Spiegel-Online , texts published in Jungle World are regularly presented.

When articles were published in Jungle World after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 , which endorsed military action by Western states against al-Qaida or the Taliban , the newspaper was criticized by anti-militarists.

Authors who belong to the political spectrum of anti-Germans also regularly have their say . On the one hand, the Jungle World is often criticized by the Bahamas magazine, which is generally classified as "anti-German" , on the other hand the magazine was classified as one of the most important publications in the anti-German spectrum by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution in 2005.

In a response to a parliamentary question in January 2012, the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs referred to “references to events from the left-wing extremist spectrum” in Jungle World , where “issues from the left-wing extremist anti-German spectrum are regularly taken up, among other things”. In the taz , Deniz Yücel described how the later Family Minister Kristina Schröder received him personally in 2006 and granted him a longer interview for Jungle World , which was published in the newspaper.

Authors (selection)

Since it was founded in 1997, the newspaper has published articles from:


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Ivo Bozic: How to Plant a Jungle. Jungle World, June 27, 2007; accessed June 20, 2017 .
  2. a b Adrienne Braun: How a revolt in the "Junge Welt" became the new weekly newspaper "Jungle World" . In: The time . No. 38 , 1997 ( online [accessed March 3, 2015]).
  3. a b Kristine Döll: When leftists cry . In: taz . No. 7456 , September 8, 2004, p. 21 ( online [accessed February 23, 2018]).
  4. Jungle World - Left weekly newspaper. In: kollektiv-betriebe.org. Retrieved February 23, 2018 .
  5. 18 years old naughty. In: jungle-world.com. June 4, 2015, accessed June 20, 2017 .
  6. Subscribe to Jungle World! In: groups.google.com. June 20, 1997. Retrieved September 10, 2017 .
  7. ^ A b Henryk M. Broder: Help! Jungle World is fighting for existence. In: achgut.de. 2006, archived from the original on March 1, 2014 ; accessed on May 19, 2018 .
  8. Three years of Jungle World Die Zeit (33/2000), accessed on February 15, 2015.
  9. ^ The discussion of the German left about the attitude to the Middle East conflict using the example of the weekly newspaper »Jungle World« , May 22, 2005.
  10. ^ The last believers in progress , FAZ , December 11, 2009 (accessed on February 23, 2014).
  11. Friends of the Left , Jüdische Allgemeine, July 12, 2007.
  12. ^ Answer of the Federal Government to a small question from members of the Die Linke parliamentary group , printed matter 17/8310, January 9, 2012, accessed on January 14, 2018
  13. rubric: antifa rubric (accessed on June 20, 2017)
  14. Department: Sport (accessed June 20, 2017)
  15. jungle.world - Lame writers. Retrieved March 24, 2020 .
  16. Dschungel magazine supplement (accessed June 20, 2017)
  17. digirev: at home during the digital revolution Comicstrip (accessed on March 2, 2015)
  18. 18 Butcher: Dead Sea , Comic (accessed on March 2, 2015)
  19. JungleBlog (accessed March 2, 2015)
  20. From Tunis to Theran JungleBlog (accessed June 20, 2017)
  21. Jungle on the Road , Jungle World (26/2007), June 27, 2007.
  22. Kulturstiftung des Bundes: Reise nach Jerusalem , accessed on February 15, 2015.
  23. ^ Journey to Jerusalem , Jungle World No. 18/2004, accessed on February 15, 2015.
  24. Jungle World in Israel Hagalil, June 22, 2004 (accessed March 8, 2015)
  25. Jungle World - The Jungle Lives Article in the IZ3W, Issue No. 302, 2007 (accessed on March 3, 2015)
  26. Ten years is enough! The Jungle World has a birthday. In: jungle.world. June 27, 2007, accessed March 10, 2019 .
  27. Petra Sturm: Do Swidanja! In: Falter . No. 39/14 , September 2014 ( falter.at [accessed April 19, 2020]).
  28. Jungle World Austria edition Round table with editors of Jungle World on September 19, 2014 at WUK, Vienna (accessed on March 8, 2015)
  29. Mustard TV meets Jungle World broadcast on September 19, 2014 (accessed on March 8, 2015)
  30. 20 years is not enough. »Jungle World« - the film. In: Blog "20 years of jungle.world" . January 18, 2018, accessed May 18, 2018 .
  31. issues. In: jungle.world. Retrieved November 26, 2018 .
  32. Jungle World media data (accessed on March 2, 2015)
  33. Case Study: Jungle World Homepage Lucas de Groot (accessed on February 3, 2015)
  34. Homestory. In: jungle-world.com. February 18, 2016, accessed June 20, 2017 .
  35. Media data March 2016 ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF), jungle-world.com.
  36. Carnivova publishing service via Jungle World ( Memento of the original from February 16, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.carnivora-verlagsservice.de
  37. Jungle World fights for existence ( Memento from February 16, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (subscription campaign), Axis of the Good, 2006, accessed on February 15, 2015
  38. Final rescue campaign started: JUNGLE WORLD in Not Hagalil, June 20, 2004 (accessed on March 8, 2015)
  39. Sales point overview of the publishing service ( Memento of the original from February 16, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed February 15, 2015. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.carnivora-verlagsservice.de
  40. Today in the feuilletons , spiegel.de, accessed on October 20, 2015.
  41. Left Bellizists on Ghost Hunt, graswurzel.net, February 2002.
  42. Courage. Plain text. Jungle World editorial team BAHAMAS , November 20, 2002
  43. ^ Constitutional Protection Report Land Brandenburg 2005
  44. The Minister knows nothing , taz, January 9, 2012.
  45. ^ Family Minister and Jungle World : Schröder's Flirt with Left-Wing Radicals taz, January 9, 2012, accessed on February 15, 2015.
  46. Stefan Wirner, Deniz Yücel: “Not everyone has to eat liver sausage” . Interview with Kristina Köhler. In: Jungle World . No. 2006/11 , March 15, 2006 ( jungle.world [accessed March 26, 2020]).
  47. 1997–2001 Jungle World Author - his jungle world articles , plus taz editor Landespolitik Berlin (June 1999 to January 2002) and editor Bundespolitik (May 2003 to June 2004), his taz articles , as well as editor Konkret (1999/2000)
  48. from 10/2007 Manager Executive Communications: Speechwriter for the Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Benz AG Dieter Zetsche , now Senior Manager Strategy at Daimler Mobility AG
  49. Imprint. In: jungle.world. Retrieved September 12, 2017 .