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Extreme-right paper granted press subsidies

TT/The Local · 22 Apr 2010, 14:42

Published: 22 Apr 2010 14:42 GMT+02:00

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The decision was taken on Wednesday by the Press Subsidies Council (Presstödsnämnden), which does not take a newspaper's political views into account when making decisions on state support.

The council ruled that the National Democrats' weekly newspaper, Nationell Idag (National Today'), fulfilled the criteria necessary to qualify for operational press subsidies. For example, the council found that the newspaper publishes more than 1,500 copies, is primarily sold to subscribers, and publishes at least 1,000 column metres of editorial material per year.

Nationell Idag was granted 699,583 kronor for August to December last year, as well as 1.679 million kronor for 2010.

The decision did not enjoy unanimous support, with one of the nine council representatives present calling for a further examination of whether Nationell Idag can be considered a "general newspaper that has the publication of regular general news as its primary function."

On its website the Press Subsidies Council explains that it is "a governmental organisation whose task is to safeguard the diversity of the daily newspaper market. It carries out its function by distributing the state's subsidy to the daily press."

The council disburses operational subsidies totalling 483 million kronor a year to around 80 newspapers.

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The National Democrat party, which enjoys very little support among the electorate, blames the majority of Sweden's modern day problems on immigration, as it explains on its website:

"Nordic virtues as honesty, helpfulness, willingness to work, a good attitude toward women and respectful treatment of animals, are constantly being replaced by criminality and oppression of women, hostility against Swedes, abuse of social welfare, gang rapes and cruelty to animals. All as a consequence of the imposed multi-cultural society."

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15:12 April 22, 2010 by Globalnomad
" Extreme right " or extremely right ?
15:18 April 22, 2010 by laura ka baal
what is your society? youll itself comes from the multicultured society ,Mr Viking.
15:46 April 22, 2010 by GLO
Read the news every day !!! Nordic virtues are in the past... Almost forgotten, But missed....
15:48 April 22, 2010 by Kooritze
Vi hav vays of getting ze money.....Ja Vol!
15:59 April 22, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Can someone explain to me why 483 million Kronor of taxpayers' money, is given to private companies so they can sell newpapers. A proper democracy shouldn't finance the institutions that monitor it. What happens when an editor has a story which might damage the government that offers this cosy arrangement? Rather than "safeguarding the diversity of the daily newspaper market", the the whole thing stinks of bribery. "Print only what we want you to print, or we'll cut off all your free money." What a conundrum for the shareholders that one must be. Not!

Come on Sweden, clean this up. It stinks.
16:05 April 22, 2010 by calebian22

If feminist porn can be publically funded in Sweden, why not this? At least this subsidy supports a group that wishes to preserve Swedish identity and traditions.
17:38 April 22, 2010 by cogito
@Come on Sweden, clean this up. It stinks (Kevin)

Quite right, Kevin. Press subsidies are a way to tame the press and is part of the reason Swedish journalism is so lame.

Shutting down state's propaganda platform SVT would be a good idea, too.
18:20 April 22, 2010 by Audrian
All far right parties are remnants of the defunct German's Nazi (Hitler's) party trying to revive with subsidy from government. How can their slogan mongering and mud slinging merit news.
19:33 April 22, 2010 by superturbo
Since they're already giving away press subsidies to far-left papers, I suppose it makes sense to give some subsidies away to the other side as well :P
20:17 April 22, 2010 by proteasome
I have yet to see a Swedish news organization writing an editorially stating that the Presstödsnämnden should be eliminated and the 483 million Kronor used for more worthwhile causes or simply returned to families to lower their taxes. I wonder why? The swedish press a vital branch of the Swedish government.
20:20 April 22, 2010 by homestead
@Kevin Harris, "Can someone explain to me why 483 million Kronor of taxpayers' money, is given to private companies so they can sell newpapers."

I had the same question. A government that subsidizes something can also control it. Besides, if a newspaper has to publish 1500 copies in the first place, why do they need subsidies when they've already proven that they can survive on their own.
21:25 April 22, 2010 by Elton John
proteasome: Exactly. The same thing with the "partistöd".
21:55 April 22, 2010 by cbeynch
Aren't you being a little insincere by labeling this as "Extreme-right". The last paragraph in the story "Nordic virtues...etc." is something that I'm sure most Swedes will agree with. How can one not agree with this? It appears all this is worth striving for. Or what am I missing? Admittedly I'm not too familiar with Nationaldemokraterna, but it seems like I want to find out more. If this is "extremist", then what are Palme's social democrats? Look at the utter chaos and destruction they have created with their misguided socialist - "extreme left" - dogma. The social democrats have no fundamental principles, at least none that they want to state out loud, lest it be misinterpreted for communism. Based on what I know so far, at least the National Democrats are comprehensible to the average Sven.
01:34 April 23, 2010 by totyis
"The decision was not not unanimous...". That's a dubble negation which is an affirmation. So how was it?
01:49 April 23, 2010 by Larry Thrash
Did any "extreme-left" publications get funds? ie.... the Green party, Communist party, etc....
04:06 April 23, 2010 by Greg in Canada
In the past Sweden has always been famous for dishing out financial aid to every extreme far left or radical feminist group that asked for it. If they're going to waste tax payers money then at least give it away equally to the right wing kooks as well as the left wing kooks. Then its balanced out as a genuine democractic waste of money.
11:20 April 23, 2010 by orwellian

It's a fascist party. Most of the party leadership have been convicted for assaulting immigrants, homosexuals and in some cases even normal Swedes who happen to cross their paths. They used to be a part of the other fascist party Sverigedemokraterna, but they split in to two factions, due to them thinking that the Sverigedemokraterna wasn't radical enough.
13:59 April 23, 2010 by Audrian
This action on the part of the government should be analyzed from the point of view of its integration policy. People from other countries have settled in Sweden because of a policy to accept people from war torn countries and economic refugees. Present government, either it should reverse the country's traditional policy and send all foreign looking people out of Sweden or protect them against racism. Its present action does not show it supports integration. The far right wishes to drive all foreign looking people out of Sweden while the far left and many other social factions do not.
17:43 April 23, 2010 by americanska
Kevin Harris is right on. As is cogito.
00:02 April 25, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Is Sweden not an Open Society?

Political truths vary and their points of view /party programmes can be engaged in a critical manner. That's all.

Can the National Democratic Party or its newspaper/ information outlet be said to be openly racist?

David Cameron talks about curbing immigration - is that xenophobic or criminal or a very realistic basis for sound economic and social policy?

In my view, in so far as the paper does not violate press laws and is not guilty of incitement, in both of which cases the paper would be subject to prosecution under law - I should think that it is one of the functions of a democracy to promote or at least tolerate the dissemination of information and the diversity of opinions even dissenting opinions - in the interest of the common good.

Here's an interesting article by Arne Ruth:

19:28 May 2, 2010 by nukes-free
Mennnnnnnnnnnnnnn........ I keep hearing strange things here as the day goes bye.. State subsidy for a newspaper company????? Very strange!

Who is left to question the excesses of the government when the press that suppose to be a watchdog is bought over in the name of subsidy?

Really is high time sweden minimize its control on the means of production & distribution. The whole thing looks communist.
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