Public approves Sweden’s tsunami coverage

The Swedish media's coverage of the tsunami tragedy has met with the approval of the Swedish public, according to DN on Tuesday.

Pictures of the dead and those who are missing have been accepted as necessary, and with reference to similar media cover of the Estonia tragedy in the past, it seems no rage has ensued this time around.

The national media watchdog (Granskingsnämnden) has only received four complaints regarding television and radio cover, while the national media association (Press Ombudsmannen) has not received any.

“It took too long for overseas correspondents to cover the disarray from a local perspective and the focus on Swedish victims was too strong. But generally all coverage has been good so far,” said Göran Greider, Editor at Dala-Demokraten.

Bo Strömstedt, former Editor in Chief at Expressen, also believes all sourcing and reporting has been up to standard.

“I believe Swedish media coverage has been encompassing, on the ball and adequate,” said Strömstedt.

He believes the media was been quicker to respond and report than Swedish authorities in general, according to DN.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter


Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Rubble sitting outside the bar damaged by an earthquake in Kos, Greece. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

A second person killed was named as Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu by Turkey's deputy prime minister, according to news agency the Associated Press. The men died when the roof of a bar collapsed in Kos, The Guardian reports.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island and Turkish tourist resort Bodrum in the early hours of Friday. Greek officials said around 200 people were injured, at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that Swedes are among the injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at around 1.30am local time, was 10 kilometres south of Bodrum and 16 kilometres north-east of Kos which was the worst hit, reports The Guardian.

A toppled column in Kos after the earthquake. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

“I'm still in shock,” Isak Bergh from Västerås told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, explaining that paintings and mirrors fell from the walls of the hotel he was in and the power was lost.

Another reader described the scene at Rhodes airport.

“I laid on the floor and started to shake around,” Brian Ramirez explained.