Austrian broadcaster launches libel suit against vice-chancellor

ORF station took action after rightwinger Heinz-Christian Strache accused it of lying

Austrian public broadcaster ORF has taken the highly unusual step of filing a lawsuit against the deputy head of the government after he accused it and its star news presenter of lying.

Vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, who heads the far-right Freedom party, has long accused the broadcaster of leftwing bias. He has said he plans to ensure it must report more objectively and scrap the licence fee that funds it.

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