Germany’s most prominent newspaper “Bilde” apologizes for hurting people with its “scary” coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 18 months and especially apologized to children for making them feel they were “like poison” and “a mortal danger to society,” according to Great Game India.

During a video posted on YouTube, Bild editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt apologized for his newspaper’s media coverage, addressing mainly children for being continually terrorized and emotionally affected, making them feel guilty for the contagions of their older relatives.

“To the millions of children in this country for whom our society is responsible, I want to express here what neither our government nor our Chancellor dares to tell you. We ask you to forgive us,” Reichelt said. 

“Forgive us for this policy which, for a year and a half, has made you victims of violence, neglect, isolation, and loneliness,” the editor-in-chief admitted. 

He went on to say, “You are not, don’t let that convince you. We have to protect you, not us.”

The journalist pointed out that the media coverage caused fear, childhood depression, and skyrocketing suicides worldwide. 

“We persuaded our children that they were going to murder their grandma if they dared to be what they are, children. Or if they met their friends,” but he assured that none of this was scientifically proven.

“When a state steals the rights of a child, it must prove that by doing so it protects him against concrete and imminent danger. This proof has never been provided. It has been replaced by propaganda presenting the child as a vector of the pandemic.”

The editor-in-chief also referred to the fact that the voices that tried to show another perspective on the pandemic, a more moderate one, had no place in the media and “were never invited to the expert table.”

He strongly criticized government authorities for closing schools and sports clubs. Reichelt said they should open them instead of opening polling stations, assuring that otherwise “will have on their conscience and will leave in the history books, a multitude of innocent souls.”

The editor of Bild, which has a daily circulation of 1.24 million copies and is the best-selling newspaper in Europe, urged people “don’t believe this lie,” when they hear the alarmist positions taken by the government on the pandemic.

Meanwhile, last Sunday, Aug. 1, thousands of Germans turned out in Berlin to protest against the restrictions imposed by the German government and its failed handling of the pandemic and the imposition of national vaccination passports.

As reported by Bloomberg, the protesters were severely repressed by the police, and 600 demonstrators were arrested.

The repression was so strong and overt that it prompted the UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, to gather testimony and consider opening an investigation, according to RT.