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Paper uses Sweden Democrat ad money to fight racism

David Landes · 5 Jun 2009, 18:30

Published: 05 Jun 2009 18:30 GMT+02:00

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Readers of Aftonbladet were surprised on Friday when they opened their newspapers to find an advertisement for the Sweden Democratic political party gracing the "independently Social Democrat" tabloid, which is partially owned by the LO trade union federation.

Most of Sweden’s major media outlets have shied away from offering the Sweden Democrats any ad space in the run up to the European Parliament elections.

The Sweden Democrats, which have an election platform slogan of “Give us back Sweden!”, are a far-right nationalist political party espousing anti-immigration views.

Despite efforts to distance himself from charges of racism, party leader Jimmie Åkesson recently found himself in hot water for participating in a racist sing-along with fellow party members during a party conference in January on board a ferry to Tallinn in Estonia.

In addition to be being refused ad space, the party is also often denied from participating in political debates with other mainstream political parties.

As a result, the Sweden Democrats often complain that they are treated unfairly by the Swedish political establishment – an argument which Aftonbladet editor-in-chief Kalle Jungkvist said he hoped to counter by publishing ads for the party in his paper.

“I see the Sweden Democrats as a right-wing populist party with strong xenophobic overtones,” said Jungkvist in an opinion piece in Aftonbladet explaining his decision.

“I don’t want to strengthen the Sweden Democrats’ view of themselves as martyrs. I want to have an open debate about their politics.”

Jungkvist explained that after much internal debate, he ultimately decided that Aftonbladet would publish the advertisements, something which didn’t sit well with some of its readers.

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According to Jungkvist, Aftonbladet reader Anna Kettner contacted him to say that she ultimately agreed with his reasons for publishing the ads, but encouraged him to “give the money you receive from the ads to an organization which actively works against xenophobia”.

Finding the idea an “excellent proposal”, the Aftonbladet editor said on Friday he will send the 39,000 kronor ($5,000) his paper received for publishing the advertisements to Expo, a foundation and newspaper devoted to “studying and mapping anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and racist tendencies in society.”

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:27 June 5, 2009 by Eurostan
i am not white and i am not european. sweden democrats has a point and they will get more votes just like geert weelders in netherland who made film FITNA.

unfortunately most immigrants in europe are muslims and they want build mosque in every city.they demand halal meat to secure meat preparation jobs for muslims and demand arabic education.

when they reach 20% of the population they demant shariaw law just like in UK.

21:21 June 5, 2009 by Iraniboy
This is ridicolous that an Indian guy who has lived in Sweden for 6 months find himself eligible to talk about Sweden and Swedish parties!! Sorry Euorstan but you and those who support Far-right are not so popular among Swedes.

Europe shouldn't go back to Germany in 1945s where people were not allowed to live on the ground of their religion!!

Paris riots and other riots are done by criminals like many other crimes around the world. But you and your sort have different point. This is called Racism, Faschism!!
21:37 June 5, 2009 by Xzion
I am Muslim and i am from Pakistan, i don't know when my people will realize that Sharia is not solution of every problem, US has used Pakistan against USSR in name of Jihad and now EU is exploiting Muslims.

Unfortunately Arabian kings are idiots those how have their whole investment in west and keep their people unaware with out media, freedom, and knowledge, on other hand West use top best of these people and don't give them respect and trust and don't recognize their religion and culture.

at same time EU need more people, i don't know how it will end, i am afraid that if we both(EU and Muslims) will not learn to live in peace the future will be very dark for both. for both for both.
21:54 June 5, 2009 by Iraniboy

Currently it is not the issue of implementation of Sharia! Far-rights are talking about ban on people like you to enter EU on the grouns that you sound Muslim. This is a new faschism of 21st century. They keep lying and lying that these riots, criminal acts in France, south of Sweden,...are part of Islam. They are inspired by this man:

no matter how outrageous, is repeated often enough that it will eventually be accepted as truth. Goebbels explained:

Goebbels And The "Big Lie"

a lie no matter how outrageous, is repeated often enough that it will eventually be accepted as truth.
22:59 June 5, 2009 by Eurostan
immigration and islam and muslims become a big issue in EU elections in many european countries.

in netherland two prominent people were killed because they have anti islamic views.but there is a big difference in racism and anti islamic view.

they are not criticizing south americans , chineese and other non muslims.
23:30 June 5, 2009 by Iraniboy
Immigration is a big issue and it has nothing to do with Islam. It has different levels. Immigration from newly joined Euopean countries. Immigration from outside Europe and illegal immigration. People from different bachgrounds can be in these categories. This you, Dutch Wilder and...who have such paranoia.

You cannot live in peace with other if you insult them. This is very obvious. The good thing is that Europeans no longer dare to insult Jews thanks to anti-semism legislations. But there is no similar things about Muslims so now that Racists and Faschists can't target Jews, they want to target Muslims.
23:34 June 5, 2009 by Xzion
if EU is very serious about Muslims then i should think that US is successful in U turn from war against terror because US has given this job to EU, as once Pakistan and NATO was used against USSR , US will exploit EU resources sake of its own life
00:08 June 6, 2009 by powerofknowledge
Eurostan why u r lyinig u said in other coment that ur from SE&tryinig to stop islamization of EU anyway its not u or anyone else can prevent people from choosing thier faith or live in any country they will racisim has roots many of those people have theier problems (Jobless, Failure in school low education dont have families or social problems etc) and state is responsible to treat, muslims are not like jewish in germany that suffered from the radical ideas of Nazists people allways misunderstand things like (Xzion) Islam is the 2nd religion in EU and most practised religion if u agree or not ex u consider those who defend themselves in Afganistan or Iraq terrorists here u fight people who come to build ur country and give taxe by name of nationality or racism i think u r lost many years of just hating people instead do something usefull for ur country &did u ask urself why those people worship God did u read book about islam to blame it coz u saw a muslim break law or doing wrong
00:16 June 6, 2009 by ShaneW
I commend the AB Editor for this, The only way to the beat the Far Right (or Far Left for that matter) is through debate.

I would much rather see the far right allowed to debate on national tv than be forced underground.

Also think the Editor Mr O*Mahoney did himself and the Local a disservice by telling people not to vote Swedish Democrat....let people decide for themselves but quite why immigrants like me would actually vote againt anti immigration Party is beyond me.
00:56 June 6, 2009 by Omaro
Everybody knows how SD thinks and Sweden keeps an eye on such right wing parties, the scandal of SD when SVT planted four reporters in their meetings disclose how much unsuitable and non welcomed (from swedes) comments the SD had said in those meetings, for more info read this


some swedes can be xenophobic but I am sure all of them won`t call a refugee a dog or make fun of the health and hygiene of sick people who came from some countries with wars and poverty. I feel sorry for people who think that way, they must have real problems and need someone to blame.
03:38 June 6, 2009 by jimmyjames
There is no doubt that the Swedes have developed one of the most civilized societies in recent human history. The contemporary Swedish society commands respect globally, however I am absolutely dumbfounded by their headlong rush to commit social,racial,ethnic, and national suicide by their extremely childish and naive attitude towards refugees and immigration. I strongly suggest the Swedes study the Japanese. The Japanese aid people worldwide with money,technology,medical supplies, ect. However, they do not allow refugees into their country and are not ashamed to tell all that Japan is for Japanese,period. Your home country messed up ? We ( Japanese ) will send you aid to fix it...BUT..you can not come to Japan, period. No apologies, no shame, no problem.
08:36 June 6, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Whilst I have some sympathy with what you say, I'm afraid you are becoming somewhat repetitive.

If I may, I should like to politely suggest you maybe try slipping in the odd gag into your diatribes, or maybe gently requesting your readers adopt a certain famous person's or character's accent with which to read them.

Additionally, Inserting humorous or informative pictures into your posts can also often help to brighten up a much loved rant.

Just a few ideas.

Though, I do have some more suggestions on what you could do with your posts...
10:24 June 6, 2009 by Tutu
what is your point jimmy james. are you going to tell ikea and H&M to leave other countries that they are currently exploiting and come back to their 9 million swedish indigience. Tell eriksson mobile and skanska to leave Nigerian. tell volvo, saab to leave USA. Most of these swedish multi millionaires do not live in Sweden, can anybody tell me why and ask them to come back home.
11:51 June 6, 2009 by Kind Man
Are you Ajay that Hindu guy? tell me why are you against Muslims? you should have reason?

Dont eat yourself and do not be enemy to yourself coz jealously would kill you soon..

Jealously is a disease of the heart and it causes impurity to the heart, when Allah's Messenger (SAW) was asked who are the best of people? He (SAW) replied: "the one with a clean heart and truthful tongue." They asked: 'We understand a truthful tongue, but what does a clean heart mean?' he answered: 'It is the heart of one that is pious, pure, and is free of sin, transgressions, hatred and Hasad.
12:03 June 6, 2009 by Kind Man
Racist party against any either immigrants or non Immigrants would never win. They are sick and those who are racist would burn in hell fire.

Muslim teaching is that every man and woman is your brother and you cant be racists.

Because we believe that we came from one man one women Adam and Eve (peace be upon them) and we are all brothers n sisters. Muslims are brother in faith with each others.

If these racist parties try to stop Islam or Muslims they should dream about it. because all these new Muslims are usually European American and Islam is the fastest growing religion on the earth. nobody is force these people to become Muslim a nice story which made me almost cry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hBmLJWyCVc...feature=related
13:17 June 6, 2009 by Brigadir
I am a christian, white "pure aryan" but this is not making me happy or proud at all, so : "I have a dream" ... that one day, on planet Terra will remain only extremists, left and right, together. And I have a dream that they will join this group all racists, fascists and other ..ists. I have a dream and hope that we, the rest of us, somehow, we could just go on holydays for one week and then come back and clean the mess and throw the leftovers. It would be a lot of garbitch and many bodyes laying around. It is a macabre dream but not a nightmare though.
15:39 June 8, 2009 by hardwood
Dream on Brigadier! And while u're at it, chop off ur prupis and grill it. Devour it, then wash it down with turpentine and gangbang a sidewinder. How's that for starters?

Natural born retarded imbecile is what u are!
16:10 June 8, 2009 by unkle strunkle
Nah, they're not all ignorant racists. They have members like Ted Ekeroth who clearly understand the threat of Islamic Supremacism.
17:00 June 8, 2009 by unkle strunkle
...and Kent Ekeroth too!
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