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Swedish parliament behind Wikipedia celebrity smears

TT/Charlotte Webb · 22 Sep 2009, 11:17

Published: 22 Sep 2009 11:17 GMT+02:00

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The revelations came as part of an investigation by TV8's “Aschberg” current affairs television programme into changes made to entries on the Swedish version of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

A total of 55 changes could be traced via IP numbers to computers housed in the Swedish parliament and at the offices of Swedish political parties.

Aschberg's report also found that most of the changes were made during business hours.

Someone from the Moderates has repeatedly removed information pertaining to liquor-soaked parties organized by the party's youth wing, MUF, in an effort to attract new members.

In addition, articles reporting that the Left Party's youth wing, Ung Vänster, had inflated their membership statistics have been removed no less than five times.

Information about Christian Democratic politician Ella Bohlin's past membership in Livets Ord ('Word of Life'), a conservative evangelical religious organization, has also been removed by someone using a computer at Christian Democratic party headquarters.

Over and above these embellishments and touch ups, however, a pure smear campaign targeting a number of celebrities has been traced to parliament computers.

Amongst other choice remarks, one individual has written on the Swedish language version of Wikipedia that Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a “brash and arrogant playing style”, later adding that the footballer also has a criminal background.

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Another famous hockey player has been accused of rape and labeled an “amateur”.

TT/Charlotte Webb (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:27 September 22, 2009 by Britswedeguy
So the lovely people behind the rigged corrupt Pirate Bay trials are also using the internet in a right-wing smear campaign - why am I not surprised by anything these sleazy scumbags do any more?!
14:53 September 22, 2009 by Leprehcaun
That so many things come from that place seems suspicious; is it possible that someone has made it look like it comes from the riksdag? That a hacker did it?
15:45 September 22, 2009 by eZee.se

Well said mate, ++1.
16:14 September 22, 2009 by ropegun247
Occam's razor I call it. I think the simplest explanation is more likely to be true.

Somebody working at the rikstagg had nothing else better to do at their lunch break...
21:01 September 22, 2009 by jose_s
nice to hear that they are surfing the web while they are hard at work. it could not be during their lunch break because they are out spending your tax money on lavish lunches.
15:45 September 24, 2009 by Nemesis
Wikipedia is being abused by all sorts of groups. It is no longer a good source of information.
16:37 September 26, 2009 by Random Guy
Charlotte Webb? Really?
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