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>> this is dw news, live from berlin. america's mueller moment. the much-anticipated results of russian interference into the 2016 election has been made public and it delivers a mixed verdict -- clearing the trump campaign of working with moscow but not of illegally obstructing the investigation. the president claims he has been vindicated but the report tells a different story.
press freedom is under assault. a new report says that journalists inin europe anand ad thee world are confronting more hostility. a grim picture of press freedom in hungary. paris paying tribute the firefighters who saved notre dame. if not for the bravery of these men and w women who riskeked thr own lives, the cathedral would've been a total loss. our viewers on pbs and the united states and around the world, welcome. we begin in the united states reading the mueller report. the report into interference in the system was finally made
public today. it concluded there was insufficient evidence that his campaign colluded with moscow but it did not -- president trump says he has been vindicated. critics have accused the white house of trying to spin the rereports finindings even before report was released. >> the long-awaited mueller report. a redacted version is available for viewing. hours before americans had the chance to read it, president donald trump's attorney general had his say. >> after two years of investigations, thousands of subpoenas, hundreds of warrants and written interviews, the special counsel confirmed -- russia conspired to interfere with the 2016 presidential
election but did not find that americans cololluded with those efefforts. the president took no act that deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation. and by the president was quick to react and took to twitter to declare himself fully vindicated. he later appeared at an event in washington where he expressed his doubt. pres. trump: i'm having a good day too. no collusion, no obstruction. [applause] there never was and there never will be. >> democrats criticized william barr for holding a press conference before the report had been released. the speaker of the u.s. house of representatives on a trip to ireland took to twitter.
she said that his partisan behavior triggered a crisis of independence and impartiality. she went on to demand that special counsel mueller provide public testimony in the house and senate as soon as possible. elizabeth warren said that it was a disgrace to see the attorney general acting as if he is the personal attorney and publicist for the president of the united states. the mueller report could not conclude that donald trump obstructed justice but it's not over yet for the president as congress can continue to investigate him. >> someone who has been reading the report says i have is tyson parker. if the mill if a sand analyst of the obama administration and now with the aspen institute. you have been reading this today. what struck me is that president trump after the release said he
was having a great day. has he read the report? >> i think the entire phalanx of advisors from the white house is completely on the defensive today. kellyanne conway came to say that there are misrepresentations of what happened after the firing of james comey. there have been a lot of gaps in the narrative filled in my for example, knowledge that yvonne could trump and jared kushner were aware that there was dirt on h hillary clinton being offed by the russians. a lot of these elements are being laid out, especially on the obstruction of justice front and that is where a lot of the focus will turn to. >> mueller says we were almost there in terms of restrict -- obstruction of justice. the report concludes that the only thing that's -- the people who ask him to do that always
said no. i read that i thought isn't this something that is impeachable? >> isn't it a massive irony -- bob woodward is reporting from his book last year where he said that a lot of trump scuba mandates to his staff to rob porter and corey lewandowski and others were not acted on because the staff knew that this would get the administration in hot water. the irony here is that he has a staff of is looking out for his interests. the question is a question of intent. when does it become a cross -- prosecutable offense question mark but we are looking at here and has been indicated in some of the footnotes is that this is something that mueller said this is something for congress to look into. >> let's say that mueller goes
to congress and testifies and then it is up to congress to decide what to do. it's now a political document. impeachment itself is political and not legal. >> there are two avenues this will take. one is the political avenue to do with congress and the other is the prosecutions that could occur by the new york state attorney general, or in the southern district of new york. one of the glaring omissions from the report has been trump's finances and the state of his finances. there is some speculation that a lot of the evidence was farmed out to others to further prosecute which did not fall in the narrow mandate. >> the democratic presidential candidates have been saying that people are not talking about this report they are talking about health care and the economy. is that going to change?
>> if you think back to nixon and impeachment and his resignation and watergate, a lot of the basic facts of watergate were already available before the 1972 election. what happened was that the temperature continued to rise through investigations and the reactions of the white house itself and that is where this could become a much more pressing matter for the trump administration. >> we look forward to talking with you again tonight. >> here are some of the other stories making headlines. north korea has demanded that washington remove mike pompeo from any future nuclear talks. the foreign ministry spokesman detroit -- described him as immature and reckless. earlier north korean media said the country-esque of a military had tested a new tactical guided weapon.
new york police have arrested a man who tried to enter st. patrick's cathedral with eight liters of gasoline. police say that the man told them he wanted to use the cathedral as a shortcut. the incident came two days after the fire. the indonesian president has claimed victory and y yesterda's election. his opponent has also claimed victory. he says his campaign is -- has evidence of widespread election cheating. the second phase of india-esque about five states general election process has begun. one of the constituencies voting today is in trinidad. a security lockdown has been imposed on the city and several parties have called for a boycott.
>> just one person turned upup o this polling station early on thursday. most eligible voters have fallen the muslim independent movement as quebec call for a boycott. like most they are muslims. they say that they are oppressed by india's hindu-nationalist government. >> they will stop you without any reason. if you ask why, he will beat you. we have no right to ask anything. it seems like a city under siege. there is one soldier for every 10 residents. the most nil's region in the world but even the army cannot prevent attacks. in february, a suicide bomber killed 40 soldiers.
india has accused pakistan of sparking terror. >> -- they are all being arrested. on top of exercises, that people feel free, safe, and encouraged to come out. >> vos -- most kashmiri voted with their feet. >> germany is calling for an emergency meeting of the un security council to discuss a surge in fighting in the capital. forces loyal to the commander are trying to seize control of the city frorom the internationally recognized libyan government. two have been killed since the offense began. images of war intended to demonstrate the power of the troops. it shows that the better for tripoli -- the battle for tripoli is escalating.
this city was hit by rockets for the first time. emergency workers reported civilian casualties. according to the u.n. at least 190 people have been killed since early april. for the libyan interior minister, the conflict has reached a new level of illegal. ity. >> it is unbelievable. you cannot believe that one would kill his people like this. >> 2700 people are trapped close to the front and could get caught up in combat. >> they are trapped by the fighting so it is a race against time. it is a matter of life or death. it is critical that we relocate them to safety. >> the bombs a are getetting clr
and worries that the fighting may escalate closer are growing. the libyan government is warning of a new wave of refugees with europe as their goal. >> reporters without borders has published its latest press freedom index. it measures violence against the media weather from the state or others. north korea and turkmenistan are at the bottom. these are the countries where it without borders describes the situation as very serious. at the top of the index we find the northern european countries, norway, sweden, and finland. the picture is not so positive in other parts of europe. european union member hungary dropped 14 places to 87. dw news has been speaking with a hungarian journalist who left hungary and now lives in germany
in exile. >> barely 900 kilometers separate these cities what they are worlds apart. since the prime minister came in two years ago, the media landscape has changed dramatically. >> when i was a child i always heard that hungary was one o of the most liberal countries in the eastern bloc. it is depressing that this democracy in hungary is slowly being deconstructed and press freedom constricted. >> dora experienced firirsthand how a new regulations turned the broadcaster where she worked into statate-controlleled media. >> she quit and went to germany in 2012. 200 journalisists, including her formerer cololague were e receny laid off by a station once
critical of the huhungarian govevernment. he reportsts the broadcacaster s takeken over by a media foundatn headed by a manager loyal to the governmentnt. >> there are no long-term opportunities for quality journalism in hungary. >> dora works at a nonprofit organization in n berlin with is own news portal. she says that you can finind criticalal reports written and hung gary and about corruruptio, but they are mainly on -- written in hungarian, but they are mainly online.. >> there is a lot of propagandaa in hungaryry. the e government rhetoric hahas taken over. the same militaristic choice of words, formulations, and phrases that government speakers use. >> journalists who do not
cooperate are denounced as traders. reporters withouout borders say that this affects not only hungarian journalisists. >> in rececent years, there hahe been several lack lists in media around -- blacklists in media aroundnd specific websites where journalists are accused of being liars, foreieign mercecenaries o want to destroy the country. >> according to reporters without borders, animosity toward the media leads to violence. dora fears that this could also happen in hungary. >> the city of paris paid tribute to the brave men and women who saved notre dame cathedral from being destroyed in the fire. they were honored at ceremonies at the palace and city hall. investigators say they now believe that electrical -- that an electctrical short circuit triggered the blaze. >> france is grieving yet
hopeful. despite the monument being damaged, it could havave been mh worse were it not for hundreds of heroic firefighters. they want to notre-dame cathedral whwhere som of their colllleagues a are keeping guard trying to secure unstable sections.. >> we saw your limitless courage, your unfalteringg determination. we s saw the moment when you decided to take all of the risks to saved notre dame. >> earlier, the firefighters were received by president a manuel lecrone -- ememnuel macron where he called their seservice exemplary. >> i think we are deeply touched. it is also linked to the fact
that notre dame is very dear to us and this is the type of sinister event we fear it enormously. >> before the repairs and the rebuilding, there is still the danger that parts of the structure could further collapse. two others sections were at risk. he said that figures in the southern bell tower fall apart and if they did, this would damage the organs below. an investigation is going on to figure out how the fire started. cathedral leadaders had reportey asked repeatedly for more fundining to help the ailing structure, especially the wood timber roof made of 5000 trees by medieval craftsmen that was severely damaged. >> as paris slowly returns to normal after the events of the
week, the focus will be on securing the notre dame, making it safe for inspectors to fully assess the damage. >> today, german chancellor angela merkel expressed her shock and sadness for the victim of a tour bus crash off the portuguese island of madeira. all 29 people killed in that crash were german. the bus plunged down a hillside wednesday night. >> a holiday turned tragedy. portuguese of 30's worked -- portuguese authorities worked into the night to clear the wreckage. rescuers were able to pull some people out alive but for many,y, it was too late. the bus was full of german -- with family waiting to take them home. >> the german government is
doing everything in its power to ensure that the relatives are well informed. the german ambassador and consulate staff have already arrived to provide the necessary care. an official in charge of identifying the victims is already in place. >> germany has also set up a hotline for the victim's families. portugal's prime minister expressesed his condolences a ad reached t t to gern chchancellor angela m merkel. thee driver hahas reportedly surviv.. thorities must now deterermine what caused the bus to veer off the road. >> t the information we had from the company is that the bus was relatively new. it was just five years old. apparently safety rules were followed.
it is premature to talk about the cause of the accident. >> on thursday, european parliamentarians held a minute of silenence for the victims. while three days of morning will be -- mourning will be observed in madeira. >> time for a mens tennis update. alexander sverev was knocked out in straight sets to file be a fognini. novak djokovic cruised past his opponent and will face a tricky task in the quarterfinals. >> despitete showing grit and dermrmination, tayaylor f fritzd not stand a chahance against nok djovicic, in red. djokovic gave the 2 21 year oldd american a sound beating, winni ng theirst twoets. he is well on hiss way to a thid
monte carlo title. the match still prove a struggle for both players d due to o theh wind on the court. >> there were not manyy rallies. a lot of unforced errors from his side as well but on a day like this you're just trying to hang in and do the right things to win. >> battling it out to face him were medvedev and tsitsipas. medvedev came out on top in a close third set to secure progression. >> did you know that there are more heavy-metal musicians per capita in finland than anywhere else on earth? heavy-metal is played on mainstream radio stations there and now it has even accompanied church services in helsinki
thanks to a heavy-metal fan who happens to be a pastor. the lyrics are from the hymn books, but the music is not your everyday church organ. [heavy metal plays] >> a hymn that god himself could hardly help but hear. here in this helsinki church. sitting in for the organist is this metal band. >> you have a different feeling for the music. you feel the beating in your chest and stuff and you have a different connection to the songs themselves. >> i don't like any heavy-metal music, but it was a good experience.
>> lutheran pastor -- this lutheran pastor has been touring the church for seven years. hehe discovered heavy-metal rock at the age of seven. to him, deep purple and black sabbath were almost a spiritual awakening. his love for god came much later. >> of course god loves heavy-metal, i'm sure. it depends how we do it. because we have a strong love of god and we do it for god, not for us that is why god loves us, i think so. >> congregations can book his band as long as they are not learning about the plaster
shaking off the walls. a song even made it into finland's top 10. the band keeps the lyrics and melodies intact so the faithful can sing along stop he has held about 150 metal masses all around finland since 2006. >> we have all of these hymns here. the lyrics are really strong. they need metal music. that is why it sounds wonderful together. >> the metal mass has provoked hardly any criticism in finland. metal can even have a
therapeutic effect. >> one guy planned to commit suicide in the evening. he came to metal mass. he liked it so much, he didn't do it. it was 10 years ago and he's alive now. maybe we have a meaning. ♪ >> the band receives invitations from congregations the world over. he is already looking forward to blasting his metal mass beats in churches everywhere. >> the european parliament has held its final session of the term. one member from slovenia chosese to send his colleagues off with a song. >> h happy easter.
[harmonica playing "ode to joy"] ♪ >> that is what you call having talented coworkers. that was ode to joy, from beethoven s ninth symphony, which happens to be the official anthem of the european union. team coverage of the molar report. -- of the mueller report. we are reading it and asking what does it mean for donald trump?
. bill no to the absentee. county no. thank you very much for being with us. the fullest version yetet of the mullet repeports is been releasd the headline is that it doesn't- it that that doesn't. that us president donald trump committed any crime. but also it doesn't exonerate him parts of this version is the redacted and this would increase the claims that there's something to hide questions remain. with the us president commission structure of justice. we really appreciated very much no collusion no obstruction