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Swedish newspapers target racist comments

Published: 30 Aug 2011 06:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Aug 2011 06:49 GMT+02:00

Several major Swedish newspapers have introduced restrictions to the comment functions in their discussion forums in an attempt to gain better control and limit racism, sexism and personal attacks.

Expressen has decided to close the possibility to comment on articles in real-time discussion forums on its website. Posts will instead be pre-moderated and not removed afterwards as is the current practice.

The newspaper wants to keep a better check on what is being written and hopes to avoid racist comments and personal attacks, the editor-in-chief Thomas Mattson wrote on his blog.

Mattsson and associate editor-in-chief Per-Anders Broberg will be legally responsible for the posts.

Thomas Mattsson explained that he hopes that the new policy will lead to greater transparency and that more people become involved under their full identities.

"The Internet is ripe for the audience, but the audience is not ripe for the internet."

"It is not an easy decision for a liberal newspaper to state that, for a period of time, it is to limit people's ability to express themselves, but we must take a responsibility for those that feature in our articles will not be subjected to derogatory comments and that the network does not become a forum covert racism."

Mattsson argued that there the offenders are a small, but vocal group of anonymous users.

"There is a small group who use the forum which is to publish personal attacks and racist or illegal argument that are contrary to the good tone that all the media are seeking."

Expressen's new policy states that for a while there will be fewer articles that readers will have the opportunity to comment on, and that posts will be reviewed before being published.

According to Thompson, the debate over moderating comments has been ongoing for a long time and he expects more media firms to follow suit.

"I think that everyone who sees the potential of the internet considers it a failure that one can not entrust the web users to comment freely because there are a few who abuse the system," he said.

"Several xenophobic commentators have accused me of censorship and said that the media want to stifle debate on integration policy, but it's about complying with the laws. It is possible to discuss the integration policy, but without personal attacks and racist comments."

Dagens Nyheter has also announced a decision to temporarily turn off the ability to comment on articles online. The newspaper will introduce a new log in system in October which will require registration and email addresses and until then all of the discussion forums will be closed.

"It will not be as anonymous as before but it is a threshold in order to raise the level of comments. We have seen that there have been posts that have grossly violated the policy we have. It can, for example, concern racist remarks," said DN's editor Gunilla Herlitz.

She expects the number of commentators to be smaller with the new system.

"There will obviously be consequences. At the same time we note that many of the newspaper's articles are spread in other ways, by sharing on Facebook and other sites so the comment function is perhaps less important," Herlitz said.

Sweden's largest newspaper by circulation, Aftonbladet, has also announced restrictions on the freedom to post anonymous comments online.

The newspaper plans to present its new policy on Tuesday, with a statement informing readers that anyone who wants to comment on articles can still do so, but with a log in via their Facebook profile.

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07:30 August 30, 2011 by prince T
I fully agree with this developments
07:53 August 30, 2011 by Douglas Garner
And how will this affect The Local?
08:02 August 30, 2011 by RobinHood
Lazy, inconsistent and incompetent moderation by newspapers (including the Local) has led to this situation. In the past, comments that clearly should have been deleted have been allowed to remain. Comments that do not breach the Local's terms and conditions have been deleted; presumably because they conflict with the moderator's own views (censorship?). Posters who should have been barred have been allowed to remain, or allowed to rejoin under new accounts clearly recognisable as the same old campaigners. Here at the Local, headlines are often provocative and/or misleading; designed that way to excite and provoke the trolls who then rant away on the forum. If not, then why the Local?

If newspapers' forums are in a mess, that is the fault of the newspapers which have allowed them to get that way. There is no need to close, or restrict forums. But there is a need to monitor them properly. A properly or improperly monitored forum, will speak for itself. Take a look back at some of the old forums about any contentious issue, here at the Local and decide for yourself if you think the Local's forums have been properly monitored.

I think we deserve an editorial on this issue. The chance of receiving one from the sphinx-like Local editor - 0%
08:05 August 30, 2011 by Rick Methven
"The newspaper plans to present its new policy on Tuesday, with a statement informing readers that anyone who wants to comment on articles can still do so, but with a log in via their Facebook profile"

It would be a good thing if posters on The Local would be forced to use their real identities, rather than hide behind pseudonyms to post abusive and racist remarks. There are too many such posters on this forum, although it has got better of late.
08:53 August 30, 2011 by Nemesis
@ the local.

On this issue everyone working in the local would need to take a long hard look in the mirror first.

As for your moderation of the forums and comment sections.

It is very clear that that people are close friends of at least one of the moderators on the comments section and that extremism is encouraged.

As for the content of your so-called stories. There is a Neo-Liberal bias in your reporting as shown by your special features and who you quote. You encourage racism with your headlines. You encourage zenophobia. You always refer to monetary values in dollars, yet the dollar is not used in Sweden or Europe. The largest currency that is nearby is Euro's. You constantly aim everything at narrow minded, biggoted, right wing posters from the USA.

As I said previously, you really need to look in the mirror.
09:05 August 30, 2011 by Stickeroo
So what happened to presenting your opinion, even if it's about nigs, gooks, n rag heads. What will they censor next.....and sexism?? No more woman in the kitchen comments? Gay!
09:08 August 30, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
This is political censorship pure and simple to stifle debate

People should move away form sites which censor.

Readers can ignore extreme comments and dont need the media to act as nannies
09:39 August 30, 2011 by cowboykodp
There is no doubt that there are a FEW, well organized group of racists and trolls that roam in the blogosphere. Read the link below, and watch the video at the bottom of the page.

PS. Stop bashing Americans. Just as in any country, you have 10% racists. The difference in the US is that hate and bigotry will always be stamped out. Where as in Europe and Middle East ,Racism is on a visceral level and will take another 50 years to be wiped out.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/27/305953/anti-muslim-blogger-pamela-geller-lashes-out-at-islamophobia-report-pile-of-dung-masquerading-as-research/
09:48 August 30, 2011 by Abe L
Dealing with trolls fine, but don't delete their comments just make it very hard for them to post again. (I know that's close to impossible, but you can make it awfully hard on someone).

Otherwise, I believe in freedom of speech and opinion. To often you see replies deleted, because they express an opinion about for example african-american people and it gets automatically associated with racism. Regardless of wether that person doesn't like those people due to their race or simply because of the way they act.
10:01 August 30, 2011 by Osk
Yep more moderation that just what I want, someone else deciding what I can and cant say. Driving important issue underground typical Swedish - lets keep a public face and privately we think different.
10:09 August 30, 2011 by stenhuggaren
I think the newspapers are recognising that the resources required for actively moderating a forum are beyond them. And if it is beyond them then it is beyond a shoestring operation like the The Local.

Swedish publishing law is worth revisiting -

As it stands if a forum is moderated in advance the publisher is legally liable for everything written.

If a forum is moderated post factum then there is some leeway from this legal culpability and rests more on intent. That is why openly racist forums and blogs occasionally get pulled up to account even if they don't moderate in advance.

It is also the reason why the likes of SD's Kent Ekeroth have allowed comments to be published on his blog. Previously only his Islamaphobic, sorry "invandringskritisk", fan club slipped through the net.
10:17 August 30, 2011 by Central European
Well thats the best way to show how the society pressure cooker works..... plug up the safety valves and lets those rasist, sexist and gender unbalanced people make more and more angry...
10:20 August 30, 2011 by Rick Methven
Why am I not surprised that 'some' TL posters come up with the 'freedom of speech' old hoary, or Nemesis's conspiracy theory.

All posters claiming freedom of speech behind a pseudonym. Firstly, freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to slander others or to be subversive. The on-line postings and blogs by people and groups with an Islamophibic message where the direct cause of the actions of the Norwegian madman Anders Breivik. He believed the lies, innuendo and subversive writings he read on the internet, and became so convinced that it was the truth that he killed 77 completely innocent people.

The right to freedom of speech, also carries with it the responsibility to be factual,and to take the responsibility for the results of what you say or write. How many of the posters here on TL would ever write what they do, if they where posting under their own real identity, under which they could be prosecuted for malicious slander or inciting a riot or race hatred.

Any journalist or newspaper, has to ensure that what is published either in hardcopy or on-line is verifiable as do Television broadcasters. Why is it some people think that they can sit behind their computers and make comments on those same articles in the press and write what comment they like with no comeback or any form of moderation?

With the expansion of the Internet has come a vast expansion of people blogging and on-line press together with forums that people use to disseminate their own views and concepts. I believe that if you have something to say that you believe is pertinent then you should also be prepared to put YOUR NAME to it, not hide behind a pseudonym.
10:21 August 30, 2011 by cowboykodp
OSK;

I agree with "lets keep a public face and privately we think different".

But this is "hopefully" not about censorship, it should be about discussing issues with respect and civility.

There is a big difference between saying "Islam is a pedophilic religion" and saying "I dislike everything Islam stands for". One is an insult while the other is an opinion and a starting point for a conversation.
10:26 August 30, 2011 by Tysknaden
Push the racists and other blockheads out. Push them underground. Make them feel pressure.

They will become more harmless, for sure...
10:48 August 30, 2011 by Token-not-found
What happened to free speech?

I'll defend a racist any day if that means i get to keep my rights and free speech.

Think about it, next time they could censor you for having a despised opinion or using a certain word.

Too bad any euro country does not have the first amendment.

A healthy democratic person will defend the right of expression of opposite viewpoints. That's how a healthy democracy works.
10:50 August 30, 2011 by Osk
cowboy

sure - discuss things with respect and civility but I dont want some faceless person deciding for me what is respectful and civil. Let me decide for myself. Let me decide if I think they a racist or whatever views. Let me decide if I want to engage, let me decide if I want to counter a racist view.

I am not sure about your examples though! If someone just made a statement like your first it is pretty pointless. If they explained why they thought that it may be an opening debate.

Actually if someone said the second I would think they were an idiiot and less likely to engage!

It is a sad world that we cannot look at what we all have in common for wherever you come from and whatever religion if any there is a lot more that we have in common than things we dont but in general we all focus on the things we dont mainly I guess because ordinary people dont set the agenda politicians or 'leaders' do to try to retain the control or power they think they have.
11:10 August 30, 2011 by cogito
#4 "It would be a good thing if posters on The Local would be forced to use their real identities..."

@Rick Tracy, wannabe detective,

So that you can indulge your habit of stalking of other posters even more than you have been able to do so far?
11:18 August 30, 2011 by Rick Methven
@cogito

Me stalking?

Coming from the wierdo who stalks me and others, posting comments about posters who have crossed you and of course being the big brave commentator, while hiding behind your pseudonym. You are just pathetic, why not crawl back under the rock you crawled out of and get a life.
11:35 August 30, 2011 by Roy E
It's easy to understand why those losing a debate would be in favor of such measures. This sort of censorship reeks of desperation, as does vilifying and demonizing those who differ with the activist agenda.

Groupthink demands conformity. It cannot tolerate being challenged.
11:54 August 30, 2011 by cogito
I really don't care about posters' grammar, but since Rick M. regularly bashes others for their lapses, even when English is their second or third language, let's look at a typical post (#13) by the self-appointed language cop.

"The on-line postings and blogs by people and groups with an Islamophibic message WHERE (he means "were") the direct cause of the actions of the Norwegian madman Anders Breivik. ...how many of the posters here on TL would ever write what they do, if they WHERE posting under their own real identity."

Where- adverb. WERE-verb

I chose to point out only the where/were confusion.There is much more. But that's OK. The grammar serves to distract from his lack of logic.
12:12 August 30, 2011 by Roy E
For this article to be placed into it's proper perspective, it must be considered together with today's other headline ' Sweden Democrat targeted in arson attack'.

This and intimidation campaigns are very much a part of the same story. There are very good reasons that pseudonyms have been adopted down through the ages

It's evil that lurks behind the 'civility' facade. Don't be fooled.
12:36 August 30, 2011 by gh2008
dealing with a radical by being radical is not going to solve any problem! and that goes both ways i think.

Isn't it silly to see radicals complaining of being victims of other radicals; a messed up equation of conflicted rights. a group of people think they have the right to abuse others and these of others think that they have the right to shut those of the first group!! now, come and figure it out! who has more right to compel it on that of other with less right?
13:03 August 30, 2011 by Rick Methven
@cogito

Instead of making your usual sniping at other posters, how about making a comment on the subject of the article?

Oh sorry, forgot, you have no original views of your own, so resort to the pathetic personal attacks as usual.

Now the ignore button goes back on, as you have NEVER made a comment worth reading and seem incapable of doing so in the future
13:33 August 30, 2011 by caps.lock
only trolls comment on the Local... disappointed losers in life, that put his/her pressure on keyboard.. I dont understand swedes, why do comment here? you can read swedish why the hell are you here? writing your feminist, 'egocentric', nationalistic opinions... ?
13:46 August 30, 2011 by RobinHood
"only trolls comment on the Local ... Disappointed losers in life ..."

Shall i do it, or does someone else want to tell him?
14:02 August 30, 2011 by jacquelinee
It is about time! These comment boxes can be a soapbox for the nutcases like that murderer in Denmark. But there is a thin line between editing and wrongful censorship. Often ( as in the Local on occassion) the preferences and opinions of the moderators are NOT impartial as journalism should be.

Also,can someone please explain to me what the heck a "troll" is? I always knew about the fairytale trolls that live under a bridge and those cutelittle ugly troll dolls with the wild colored hair, but I am relatively sure this is not what posters are refering to. Just curious.

And, in case someone from "the Local" is reading this, are there "Midweek Revellers" or " Gallery" participants who are NOT buxom blondes, busty babes, making out girls etc.? It would be nice to see some guys or even couples (other than teenage girl couples) maybe even some middle age or elderly revellers out and about? There are more people enjoying each week in Sweden other than hot young girls.

As for the grammar, aren't we getting a bit petty. Everyone is fallible and makes typos etc. Mine are horrendous as I have bad eyes and a black keyboard. I would think the content of the posts should be the concern rather than spelling or grammatical errors.
14:04 August 30, 2011 by Rick Methven
@RobinHood

You saw it first so you have the right to tell him !!

@jacquelinee Read all about trolls

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-internet-troll.htm
14:17 August 30, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ RobinHood

hahahhahahhahahhahahahhahahhahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahah

Good one!
14:44 August 30, 2011 by cogito
@Rick#19 "Wierdo."

I prefer, when calling me names, that you use the correct spelling "weirdo" (since you have posing as the language police here, I permit myself to correct you).

#24. Ricky again. Of course I have no original view on this. Voltaire said everything that needs be said on the subject over 200 years ago.
15:05 August 30, 2011 by RobinHood
It's no good, I tried, I promise I did. But it's like drowning a tiny kitten, or strangling a cute puppy. Someone else is going to have to do it for me.

Please make it quick and painless. I don't want to see poor Caps.lock suffer.
17:25 August 30, 2011 by Svensksmith
Sometimes my comments may offend someone and sometimes other's comments may offend me. We still have the right to express them in a free society.

There have been times when someone, who holds an opinion different than mine, has written an excellent post and given me pause to think.

I believe this is called discussion.
17:54 August 30, 2011 by jostein
"Swedish newspapers target racist comments"

A translation for those not familiar with swedish media:

"Swedish establishment silence dissent"
18:10 August 30, 2011 by skumdum
@Rick Methven

Right wing bloggers had nothing to do with the radicalization of Andres Breivik. That's just what they want you to believe. You can download his manifesto and read for your self. The man is mad, no question about that but don't believe everything the swedish main stream media say. They have their own agenda too.
21:12 August 30, 2011 by planet.sweden
Swedish establishment learning wrong lessons from Utøya

This is more serious than it at first seems. What the Swedish establishment are signalling through their state subsidized media is that hence forth open debate on immigration is verboten, not that there was much to start with.

The liberal establishment unwittingly have some similarities with Islamic fundamentalists, which ostensibly at least are their opposites. Not so.

Islamists say you can say and do whatever you like as long as it doesn't conflict with the word of God. And what is the word of God? Well, it's anything Islamists say it is, ie their word is their licence for tyranny. Right now in parts of London that means muslim women are attacked if they don't wear head scarves and gays are attacked, for well just looking gay, not that the Koran calls for this, just the local Islamists.

Similarly the liberal establishment preach that you are free to say whatever you like as long as its not "racist". And what is racist? Well, its anything they say it is. But making any mention of immigration is likely to out you on the wrong side of their 'open free speech society', as indeed are a whole host of other related subjects.

This shows that the Swedes have learnt nothing from the sickening tragedy of Utøya. Anders Behring Breivik argued the reason he turned to violence was because there was "no other choice". All debate in Scandinavia, he said, had long since been either shut down or neutered and censored in such a way as to render it meaningless.

The Swedish establishment seem determined to prove Breivik right.

The UK went down this same path in the 1990s and it led to David Copeland the so called London Nail Bomber of 1999. In the last few years the establishment has backed away from closing down immigration debate recognizing that censorship doesn't solve anything. There have been no further Copeland or Breivik style attacks..
23:29 August 30, 2011 by Token-not-found
@planet.sweden

Nicely put , but sadly -- in the end to no effect.

Of course censoring these people only leads them to undemocratic paths and makes them even more alienated and angry, in their mind with no other choice then a violent one, an undemocratic one.

But i don't think people who apply this censorship really care, the have their agenda and anything hindering it must be silenced, i don't think they really care about consequences as long as they get their way.

A healthy democracy is one that supports the right of expression of opposite or unpopular view points.
01:11 August 31, 2011 by soultraveler3
This isn't surprising in a country where elected officials refuse to speak, interact with or even acknowledge other elected officials that have a different point of view than they're "supposed" to have.

Or in a country that allows a few pc elitists that are trying to impress the world, to do and say things that a majority of the citizens disagree with.

Lastly, not in a country where people are looked down on for being different, for speaking their minds, or for having an opinion that goes against the flock mentality says they're supposed to have.

You can't claim freedom of speech while at the same time censoring everyone that doesn't agree with you, or says what a lot of people are thinking but afraid to say. It doesn't work that way.

Just because someone has an opinion and says something that goes against the status quo or what is currently deemed pc, doesn't make it hate speech.

Hate speech is something all together different and when people throw the term around to silence others of differing opinion or to further their own agenda it takes away from the victims of real hate speech crimes. Just my two cents.
10:25 August 31, 2011 by Streja
soultraveler3, the majority of Sweden disagrees with what?
13:26 August 31, 2011 by Rick Methven
@soultraveler3

There is nothing wrong in having views, and speaking them, that differ from the establishment. If you have views that you believe to be correct and wish to expound them, then do so.

But if you are so fired sure that you have a view that should be listened to, Do so using your REAL identity and do not hide behind an internet pseudonym.

Stand up and be counted and speak out if you think that it is not illegal

All the posters here bitching about censorship are ALL hiding behind a pseudonym. I wonder why?
13:48 August 31, 2011 by jacquelinee
Ok, so "Swedish Newspapers Target Racist Comments". That is really admirable, but a tricky one. There really is a fine line between editing and supression. Everyone should have the right to speak. However, if it becomes violent or dangerous, that is another story. Also, it is the responsibility of news agencies to be impartial, as difficult as that is at times. The journalists, reporters, newspaper editors etc. are put in a position to not have their own views or opinions cloud the issues. Not an easy task I must say.

@ #27

Obviously "The Local" is not reading posts (or does not really care) Once again (yawn) "This Weeks Finest" (yawn) are another couple of young girls (yawn) making out again (yawn). Really, as cute as everyone is, it is getting a tad stale. Can we change it up a bit? We realise that whoever is doing the layouts for "Highlights in Sweden" obviously is a virile person (probably a guy)with certain "preferences" of what is a highlight, or "Sweden's Finest" to him/her/ them. But in all fairness to Sweden, there are many, many other very fine things about this country that could be focused upon on a rotating basis other than just some random teenage girls making out. Come on now "The Local" at least put a couple of guys making out, or some hetero couples or maybe "Sweden's Finest" could actually be a Swedish citizen who contributes something to this country, community, and it's readers other than a set of glands, a muscle group and a tongue. Really, (yawn) getting a bit boring.
19:12 August 31, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
"There is a small group who use the forum which is to publish personal attacks and racist or illegal argument that are contrary to the good tone that all the media are seeking." said Thomas Matsson.

This means that the small group did what they did because the bad tone was not punishable, so do not blaim anybody.

As far as identity is concerned, I have always signed with my name. I have nothing to hide and nothing to lose by writing what I think about something. But I do not like those who hide behind a nickname and they enjoy insulting others and me. I really love cowards; for me, they are the scum of the earth.

I enjoy good commentaries and I find them often at The Local. That is the reason I do not leave the site forever
22:18 August 31, 2011 by godnatt
Free speech unless of course you happen to disagree with it.

Newsflash: That's not free speech.

This thread is disturbing.
02:02 September 1, 2011 by soultraveler3
Lol Rick, what is your obsession with believing that everyone is "hiding behind a pseudonym?" Do you not realize that the vast majority of people that go online don't use their real names?

It's not as you seem to believe so that they can all go around spouting hate speech screwing with people either. They do it because it's common sense to put as little personal information online as possible. There are news stories all the time about bad things happening because people aren't careful with their personal info.

@Streja

I meant things like saying healthcare is great and that the immigration policies are working etc. There are more of course, but those two are the most common ones that I hear and read about from Swedes. If you speak to an average person on the street you usually hear a way different opinion about it than the what the government is saying. Sorry if I wasn't clear and btw, that's not something that only happens in Sweden so please don't take it that way.
11:40 September 1, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
13:26 August 31, 2011 by Rick Methven

"All the posters here bitching about censorship are ALL hiding behind a pseudonym. I wonder why?" You wrote.

Well, Ricky the Tricky, let me tell you once and for all that I am one of the first ones who never hid behind a pseudonym. Now, you are following me, that is if Ricky the Tricky is your real name and not a pseudonym and that I am one of the many who complains about the insulting style some have, including you.

Your "ALL hiding behind a pseudonym" is nothing more than one of the many lies you have posted in this Internet Website.

You are one of the many who enjoys attacking others for no reasons at all; just for the sake of provoking answers.

Well Ricky! Enough is enough and, if you enjoy your position I believe you have as a spy for The Local, that is up to you. I only request that you delete also some of your own posters so nobody notices who is acting on behalf of The Local.

Believe me. I am not the only one who has analized what you write and how you write. You know, if someone quacks as a duck, swims as a duck, has feathers as a duck and eats like a duck, he must be a duck.

And please, just please, do not comment in your "sarcastic" way of doing your so-called "comments" what you just read. Just swallow it and start behaving like the "intelligent" person you claim to be and not as the spoiled brat you have shown to be.
13:43 September 1, 2011 by godnatt
@JL Belmar

Amen.
18:50 September 1, 2011 by Njal
I don't suppose there is anyone naive enough to be coerced into posting without a pseudonym just because Rick Methvin says so. If it is not required to include your true identity by 'the Local' then who does he think he is, telling people how they ought to post on this site?

Yes Rick, we understand the issue mate thx, (i.e. one should should be truthful and upright, and if they are then they need fear no backlash from anybody even tho' they posted under their own name right?) Wrong.

Suppose somebody left a truthful opinion of theirs, that another reader of the local disagreed with to the point that they went after the person who had posted under their true identity. How is that person using their real name protected? It is not for negative reasons that a person is allowed to post under an alias. And history is full of public correspondence, written by men and women under an alias that was for the benefit of the people. Had their true identities been known......

But perhaps you did not consider that Rick. Truth to tell mate, your sense of entitlement at this site is getting a bit old.
20:51 September 1, 2011 by svenscum
It's very important that people are not allowed to have their own opinions.

it's very important that any opposition is vilified

The more people who object, the more important it is we clamp down on dissenters
21:59 September 1, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
13:43 September 1, 2011 by godnatt

@JL Belmar

Amen.

I added and R.I.P. hoping that Ricky the Tricky did not think he was Jesus and comes back in some three of rour days, but my post was deleted. Guess by who. I give you one name to choose.
22:46 September 1, 2011 by johnny1939
It makes me absolutely sick that the main newspapers are now going to exercise censorship over the rest of us. I just do not like that idea at all. Time to stop buying those rags!!!!!!! Hello George Orville you were a few years short. Sick, sick , sick.........
03:15 September 2, 2011 by Monitor Lizard
Bear in mind there is nothing remotely "racist" about Swedes seeking to preserve in perpetuity the integrity of their own country & culture.

So, this new policy is in essence a censorship policy designed to tamp down criticism of the proponents of multiculturalism for the sake of multiculturalism to the detriment of pure Swedish culture. And criticism of moralizing do-gooders in government who actively seek to deconstruct European cultures. Because they are self-haters who apparently think European culture is somehow inherently evil or something.
13:34 September 2, 2011 by Biorealist
I suppose these totalitarians would ban the Dalai Lama too for expressing a desire to see Tibetan culture and ethnic make up maintained :) So much for free speech, another step towards the USSR approach.
05:51 September 5, 2011 by schmuck281
It seems that there is free speech only if you don't criticize today's "Sacred Cows."

That is, it is perfectly acceptable to criticize Scandinavians, Europeans in general (except for the EU), Americans, Australians and English speaking people, it is not acceptable to criticize people from the Middle East, Africa, Asia or anyone that is from what is termed "developing" countries no matter what they may have said or done..

Remember that and you'll be OK. Better yet, confine your criticisms to the United States in general and George W. Bush in particular and you will never go wrong.
21:52 January 14, 2012 by janeway
The major newspapewrs in Sweden have joined China, North Korea and Belarus. Welcome to the Brave New World of censorship!
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Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Swedish artist Lars Vilks pictured in New York in 2012. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/TT

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager. READ () »

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

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