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Editor resigns over 'racist' press subsidy

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 23 Apr 2010, 09:59

Published: 23 Apr 2010 09:59 GMT+02:00

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The decision to award 2.3 million kronor ($319,000) in state press subsidies to the openly xenophobic National Democrats' newspaper Nationell Idag ('National Today'), has prompted Ahlquist to call for a change in guidelines governing support.

"The decision is in line with established rules stating that the council can not take a newspaper's content into account. If tax money is given to the spread of racism then it is a clear signal to me that the rules are wrong," Ahlquist wrote in a statement on the Fokus website.

Ahlquist, who had a role as substitute on the council, which allocates 483 million kronor per annum to around 80 newspapers, argues in his statement that "racism is not diversity" and points out that neither Sveriges Television (SVT) nor Sveriges Radio (SR) are permitted to broadcast programmes which "spread hatred or insult".

"I can not stand behind a regulatory framework which functions in this way and so I have thus resigned from the council," he writes.

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."

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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 such 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."

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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11:01 April 23, 2010 by Kevin Harris
The rest of the Press Subsidies Council should resign too, but not for the reason given by Mr Ahlqvist. A state that subsides the press is an affront to democracy.
11:39 April 23, 2010 by waybackwhen
Only if the state controls what can be published about them and their policies, which I don't think is the case here.
12:33 April 23, 2010 by Kronaboy
And now I'm being blamed for animal cruelty, where will it end.
12:47 April 23, 2010 by Steffeni
A free press should extend to all opinions, regardless, of whether one agrees with them or not. It appears to me that only the conservative viewpoints are regularly objected to. The truth is that Islam does treat women as second-class citizen in regard to all nonbelievers as infidels at the very best.
13:00 April 23, 2010 by Kronaboy

And you can substantiate this by?
13:13 April 23, 2010 by Audrian
By this action the state has erred on the side of the far right whose intent is nothing but malicious. It appears that the state has turned away from its pro-integration policy.

The gentleman who resigned his post should be applauded for his principled stand.
13:19 April 23, 2010 by soultraveler3
Part of living in a country that claims to support freedom of speech means occasionally having to hear and see viewpoints that you don't agree with.

Steffeni is right, here in Sweden it seems like the only time people object to freedom of speech is when it comes to someone wanting to share a conservative point of view. It has to be a 2-way street.

I'm not sure where the author of this article gets the idea that they are against all immigration. From what I've seen and read they're actually for immigration and realize that Sweden needs it. They just want to shift the focus from letting anyone in to letting educated, self-sufficient people who want to integrate into Swedish society in. That's a good idea.
13:31 April 23, 2010 by cbeynch
Not that you needed it, but this is proof positive that the left and its thuggery controls the media in Sweden. There are few if any unbiased news outlets in today's Sweden, printed or broadcast. Their faux class warfare propaganda is just that. Faux! Comrade Vinthagen Simpson's use of "openly racist" is an outright lie! The last paragraph in the story "Nordic Virtues....etc" is not objectionable to most decent Swedes. And it's the truth, a challenge which the rock throwing left can not counter. The Swedish press has become a predatory tool of the social democrats and their cadre of left wing cock roaches. The Left's propagandizing has sunk to outhouse level antics, and would almost be funny if wasn't so blatant and sad. Let me correct Comrade Vinthagen; The National Democrats officially supports increased immigration!!! Go read their manifesto. But socialists, marxists, their media auxiliaries and other leftist filth are genetically incapable of confronting the truth. Give the kiss of death to socialism in september! Vote them down in a titanic landslide! Take back Sweden! There is still time brother, to set her free.
13:56 April 23, 2010 by RoyceD
I think the main issue is that the money allocated to the paper would be spent better else where. Like by perhaps improving the systems that integrate people here in to swedens society. Almost 2 years and still waiting on my personal number.
14:07 April 23, 2010 by hilt_m
soultraveler3 you said all there mate, nice work.
14:26 April 23, 2010 by stabbull
I think from time imemorial, the opinion of the general public constitute the open court, if not, why do we hold elections, but to elect the most publicly accepted into office. At the same time, public opinions are sampled from time to time before certain decisions are taken. I think swedens leaders should listen to the majority public, and carry out actions according to the peoples wishes. What do the general public think about such a subsidy.
14:33 April 23, 2010 by boby
Martin Ahlqvist is just another hypocrat. When it is Muslims who deny the Holacost or left-fachists balming Jews for stealing organs it is OK. But to publish the truth about the beautiful and proud country being destroyed is bad.
14:36 April 23, 2010 by CanYouDigIt
It is through complacency and in this case complicity, that the fascists rise up.

The only way to stop fascism is to stop it. To end it's support.

Ten years from now because of poor immigration controls in an economic sense and even worse controls on hate speech, Sweden will be the most violent country in the western world. Lack of a productive economy. Short on resources and with such a sense of entitlement not paralleled ANYWHERE else.

Subsidised press means that voices which cannot support themselves, such as the voices of hate, will not be heard, while honest artistic voices and voices of freedom will ALWAYS have a quality support structure. But because Swedes are so reliant on the government to decide their lives you are now pooched.
14:46 April 23, 2010 by Rick Methven

supposedly joined today.

Strange posts EXACTLY like the old American Neo Nazi jackbooted Beynch of old

Been banned and come back under another cloak?
15:03 April 23, 2010 by Byggare Bob
ND polled 0.06% in the last election - they are about as in tune with the Swedish public as cbeynch above. (val.se/val/val2006/slutlig/R/rike/ovriga).

The ND are skinheads, they make absolutely no attempt to hide the fact that they categorize value according to race - calling them racist is a no brainer and hardly controversial.

Being pro-immigration is not the same as anti-racism and should not be confused as such, just like "racism is not the same as diversity."
15:11 April 23, 2010 by cbeynch
Quick Methven! Have me banned now! You're one of those I refer to in "incapable of confronting the truth". You'd rather silence dissenting voices. Could you also please explain the "neo" in "Nazi, Jackbooted..."? I rest my case. You just dotted "i" in my comment. You disagree with the left, you're trumpeted a Nazi!!! A thick cloud of spin, rationalization and delusion permeates everything the leftist media(and that's most of it) says. Feed them to the wood chipper in september!
15:38 April 23, 2010 by stenhuggaren
it seems from your comments cbeynch that if you ally with the 99.4% who disagree with 0.06 of the fringe right you are labelled a Marxist - is this a case of the brown pot calling the kettle red?
15:49 April 23, 2010 by Rick Methven
@re-incarnated fith that used to be called beynch. You should crawl back into that pile of dung you crawled out of and STFU
16:15 April 23, 2010 by cbeynch
@methven and @stenuggaren: "Pile of dung"????? "Fringe right"??? How about addressing the issues? By spewing forth SSU invective, it does not lead the discussion forward. In this case the issues are: 1) Comrade Vintagen's propaganda machine, and his failed, pathetic, effort at steering opinion instead of reporting, and 2) Editor Ahlquist's forced resignation for doing his job, when it, post-fact, did not meet with approval of Presstödsnämnden's honcho politruks.
16:38 April 23, 2010 by Rick Methven
@ re-incarnated filth that was Beynch.

As it seems that you have not in any way moderated your vile tongue, your racist drive will again get you banned within a short time.

IMHO, trouble making ultra-right wing people like you have no place in civil society. I shall make sure that any offsive post that you make is reported for abuse. If you want to make your views known here do so without the purile invective that you usually show or risk being banned again.
16:49 April 23, 2010 by sissygirl
Unfortunately, a small number of thugs have created a stereotype for certain groups. I think Sweden's problem is that it is trying too hard to help people; therefore, unseemly people have entered and reeked havoc.
17:02 April 23, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
It is a sad irony that absolute tolerance and freedom of speech comes with the cost of tolerating intolerant, oppressive and racist views.
17:42 April 23, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
If people (Christian-Muslims Atheist extra)follow the true religion Islam. there will be no racist party or groups.

Allah's (SWT) Messenger eradicated the problem of racial or colour discrimination so successfully that superiority is not by birth or colour or blood, but by God-fearing and righteousness.

The message of Islam is for the entire human race. According to Islam, Allah (SWT) is the God of the entire world and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh is a messenger for the whole of mankind. Islam unites the entire human race under one banner without any kind of discrimination.

Allah (SWT) says in Quran "O Mankind! We have created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is he who has most Taqwa among of you. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware." Noble Qur'an (49:13)

In surah Al-Room Allah (SWT) says, "And one of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colors; most surely there are signs in this for the learned." Noble Qur'an (30:22)
17:43 April 23, 2010 by stenhuggaren
that should of course read 99,94% - don't want to give the impression that these thugs represent anyone other than themselves now, do we...
18:21 April 23, 2010 by Tall swede
@stenhuggaren That still isn't right. You cannot assume that everyone who didn't vote for ND are opposed to all their ideas, especially when they are nowhere near 4 %, so many voters dont want to waste their vote on a party that still dont make 4 %. But we can agree that it is a really small number of supporters!

@crazytaliban from växsjö above. Yeah, the peace and prosperity that is the first impression of islamic countries. You got civil war in ALL islamic countries. Either you lie, or your god lie. Probably both... So take your bullshit and shove it where it belongs!
18:38 April 23, 2010 by Per Johansson52
@Tall swede

You racist I bet u r short!

Let me correct you first his name is Newyork- Växjö .

U racist must know that ,It is the Westerns World (invaders with over 100 army bases around the world) (UK/USA/France mm) fuelling the groups or either they starts fighting in Asian sides.

Let me know I have something to shove it up your parts, coz words cant be shoved!
20:43 April 23, 2010 by tgolan
well Martin Ahlquist it's all about democracy, If we want to live free in a democracy we have to have the same rules even for people we dislike, other wise wher will it end. If we deny Nazis free speech because we don't like there message then they hwve won, do we really wnat that type of socity that they want where only those we agree with have free speech
21:08 April 23, 2010 by Kevin Harris
So the situation in Sweden is this. If a newspaper prints something the state (as represented by Press Subsidies Council) likes, it receives a generous state subsidy. If a newspaper prints something the state doesn't like, its subsidy is threatened. If that isn't an inducement for newpapers to toe the party line, what is?

Sweden will never be a proper democracy while the state subsidises the press.
21:08 April 23, 2010 by Tall swede
@per I am not short, nor am i racist. I do not agree with ND if that what you think. I did not say anything about race. I carefully used "islamic" because it is religion i criticize, not race. And western world (You mean US. Sweden is neutral and do not put bases in other countries unless UN ask us to participate) dont put bases in other countries if it isnt war there (UN assignments) or they attack other countries (911, ww2). And muslims get surprised that attacks cause MORE troops in their areas? Dont attack western world, and we leave them alone. If they attack first, they can STFU with their whining and take responsibility for what they caused. If they want violence and war, they shouldnt complain when they lose. They brought war upon their own countries, so dont blame me for their own crap.
21:54 April 23, 2010 by mjennin2
Oh lord, here we go again...

1) @Kevin Harris (the first responder) summed this up perfectly w/ @Soultraveler - a close second place. Bottom line is, the government should in no way be giving tax dollars to the media. Let the people - via purchase profits - support the media. This is an affront to democracy for sure. Media is one of those things that needs to be privitized and left that way.

2) @cbeynch - take your hostility elsewhere. You are an embarrassment to those of us who do find ourselves on the right side of the political spectrum. I also find @Rick to consistently be a creditable source, so if he says you are a banished Neo-nazi American troll he says you are, then may I also suggest you re-banish yourself? Because you now are an embarrasment to those of us who are American.

3) Newyork-Växjö -- PLEASE stop trying to convert us? Don't you have ANYTHING else to say besides your usual Islam banter?? Its getting old.

Over and out.
03:47 April 24, 2010 by Davey-jo
Calm down; take a deep breath. No-one has died because this guy has done whatever. He probably has a good "rescue fund " available for his histrionics.

Real workers aren't so lucky.
09:36 April 24, 2010 by Elton John
Tall swede: WW2? Care to elaborate?

Btw, what do you think about the immigration of Iraqis? According to your logic we (actually, it was mostly USA but you like to collectivize all of us under the Western world) attacked their country in the quest of oil ... oops, sorry, I mean "WMD", and so we should accept all Iraqi immigrants and stop whining. Are you whining about the recent Iraqi immigration flow?
10:46 April 24, 2010 by Nemesis
@ New York Vaxjö

Some questions, due to you having New York in your name.

1/ Do you support bringing everyone involved in the horrible attacks on the twin towers in New York on 11th September 2001, in which 2,973 victims and the 19 hijackers died as a result of the attacks?

2/ Do you support bringing the leadership of Al Queda to justice who persuaded people from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon to commit such an atrocity?
11:52 April 24, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Er Nemesis.

Question 1 is grammatical nonsence. I don't think it's fair to expect New York Vaxjö to answer it.
13:47 April 24, 2010 by RobinHood
Why can't the nazis say what they want, they have the same right to free speech as everyone else. The world would be much more boring without them. Same for the moonies, the scientologists, the communists, the flat earth society and my mad Uncle Richard who thinks aliens have taken over the White House.
13:51 April 24, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Ooops, question 1 was grammatical nonsense, not nonsence.
19:20 April 24, 2010 by Rebel
You know, this country gives money to produce feminist porn so why not give some money to a right wing newspaper?
20:42 April 24, 2010 by samwise
"Nordic virtues such 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."

I know nothing about The National Democrat party, but I do treasure the values this statement mentions like "honesty, helpfulness, willingness to work, a good attitude toward women and respectful treatment of animals", and I don't like the idea of imposing " imposed multi-cultural society".

Why should tax payers subsidize newspapers, by the way?
01:43 April 25, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Re- and in bringing 'em all to Justice

it's Question three of the highest degree

for New York Vaxjö:

Should they face the death penalty and should they all swing from the tree

or do you plead for forgive-ness and leniency - and that they should go scot free?

Will he say that he and Danny Glover both agree?
14:29 April 25, 2010 by Freelife
Great system...

Unlike in other countries where govt. doesn't support newspaper and hence newspaper are nothing more than sensationalized writings of trivial and silly things.

All are equal and true freedom of expression allows all. Hence even if somebody's opinion is very extreme they have right to express in a peaceful and civilized way.

People who say that any argument must be silenced are anti-democratic and partial.

Meanwhile I am not a Swedish citizen. But I like their setup.
14:51 April 25, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride. If wishes were horses then we'd all cruise on the back of the Buraq, through the seven heavens.

These are fine words that you quote from Allah's messenger, salallahu alaihi wa salaam,

but what are you really saying, are you really saying that if all were Muslims there would be no war between Iraq and Iran? That if all were Muslims Iran would have no need of a nuclear bomb? If all men were Muslim then who would be the Dhimmi?

The Islamic tradition itself says that Islam will be divided into 73 sects, all but one of which will not be going to hell. The question is which one?

Newyork-Växjö, please take a look at this item;


And then in strict honesty tell me what you see answer my question 3.
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