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Stieg Larsson's partner reports 'racist' subsidy

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 28 Apr 2010, 09:36

Published: 28 Apr 2010 09:36 GMT+02:00

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Gabrielsson has asked the Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern - JK) to examine whether the subsidy is consistent with positions held by the party and the newspaper's position which she argues are tantamount to agitation against an ethnic group (hets mot folkgrup).

"I want JK to investigate the Press Subsidies Council and its decision to give 2.3 million kronor in press subsidies to the National Democrat journal Nationell Idag ('National Today'). This is not funding from some individual, the funding is from the state and as such is very special," Gabrielsson wrote in her report.

The decision by the Press Subsidies Council (Presstödsnämnden) to award 2.3 million kronor ($321,000) to the openly racist publication has met with heated reactions in Sweden.

Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, herself formerly a delegate on the subsidies council, has said that a review is needed over guidelines prohibiting the council from taking a publication's political views into consideration.

"Even if this is about freedom of expression, that's not the same thing as using taxpayers' money to support this type of media," Adelsohn Liljeroth told public broadcaster Sveriges Radio last week.

The Local reported last week that Martin Ahlquist, editor-in-chief of Swedish news weekly Fokus, resigned his post on the council after the decision.

Gabrielsson, and her deceased common-law husband Stieg Larsson, are renowned for their work against xenophobic groups in Sweden and she has now mirrored the culture minister's call for a review of the guidelines, asking JK to consider whether it was necessary to ensure that "the constitution can be upheld as it it intended".

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In her report, Eva Gabrielsson draws parallels with demands by the French Front National (FN) for the establishment of trade unions and tenant associations solely for French citizens of French origin, calls that were quashed by the French state with reference to the country's constitution.

The Chancellor of Justice is a government-appointed official who acts as an independent judicial watchdog and is the only prosecutor in Sweden who can take legal action in cases concerning freedom of speech.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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11:18 April 28, 2010 by peropaco
Eva, I feel sorry for the bad deal you received from your late sambo estate..,. yet, you cannot call for an investigation to subsidies giving to the extreme right wing newspaper without also calling for the government to look into subsidies giving to Sweden's Young Muslims. Remember they were planning to bring Abdullah Hakim Quick a well known hate monger to give a speech at one of their event in Sweden? What about that????
13:21 April 28, 2010 by JethroGreenmantle
Eva Gabrielsson is exercising her rights as a citizen. If peropaco or anyone else really believes Sweden's Young Muslims don't deserve a state subsidy on similar grounds, then they're free to exercise similar rights. If they're not prepared to get their hands dirty defending democracy then they shouldn't make snide comments about people who are. Put up, or shut up!
13:30 April 28, 2010 by cbeynch
First off my dear Eva, Nationell Idag is not an "extreme-right" publication as both you and Vinthagen-Simpson would have it. When I read ND's website it seems they very much represent traditional Swedish values, and even support increased immigration. What is wrong with that? Hence I see nothing, to date, that signals "xenophobism". Perhaps someone, or you Eva, can steer me to something that proves me wrong? Second, your own political proclivities, i.e. marxism/leninism and other freedom-depriving drivel on the left, such as the, communistic, social democrats, would then also be subject to JK's heavy, orwellian, hand, would it not? Adelsohn-Liljeroth's comment is indeed frightening. I call for her to be investigated since she appear to question basic tenets of freedom of expression. I also call for her resignation. Precisely what does Adelsohn-Liljeroth mean by "..this type of meda"? Her suitability to hold any position of significance has now been made clear. "Freedom of expression" apparently only applies if it's within her own biases. She need to be taught that it also includes expressions with which she may not agree. Eva, the books are great, although blatantly tilted to the left. May you one day realize that the world does not only circulate around your misguided political instincts. There are others out here too, OK?
14:02 April 28, 2010 by Audrian
It is a breath of fresh air to know there are Swedes who are strongly against racism.
15:56 April 28, 2010 by Glempa
@ Beynch

One again you spout your racist views, under the guise of "traditional swedish values" and call anyone who disputes you a marxist, communist, etc. Any party that breeds on hatred and fear of foreigners (xenophobia) should be rightly condemned. We only have to look at the atrocities committed by countries like Serbia in the Bosnia & Kosovo wars to see the dangers of xenophobia/nationalism/racism, countries they are claim to protecting their country's tradional values and racial purity.

And also, just because some is left of you, this does not make them a communist, and there is nothing wrong with communism as long as they respect human rights and democracy, something you clearly don't.

You really should get out more, and meet real people.
17:20 April 28, 2010 by cbeynch
Thanks Glempa, for straightening me out. I see you're back to your customary 'reducto ad hitlerum' with howls of racism, hatred, atrocities, racial purity, and fear of foreigners. Tell me something, why does the left always uncork its venom and dismisses anyone who does not agree with them as the 'racist fascist fringe'. You say 'there is nothing wrong with communism'. Really? Wonder what the 30 million Russians killed by Stalin feel? Or Kim Jong Mentally Il's starving masses in North Korea. Or Hugo's serfs in Venezuela?
18:53 April 28, 2010 by Dazzler
Oh cbeynch, you cant use logic in a debate!!! Dont you know that is racism and hate mongering of the highest order!! How dare you use common sense! Vile wretch.
06:58 April 29, 2010 by CanYouDigIt
I'm a libertarian in Canada and I think it is commendable that in the spirit of fair-play there are people willing to step up and ask the government to stop funding extremist jargon and start focussing on the moderate life and tolerance Sweden is known for. Now, all I can see is that Swedes wrongly defend apathy and indifference towards the ignorant and hateful. Not just allowing them, which is fine, to the point of inciting hate, but actually taking money which is better spent repairing burnt down school and buying more textbooks for the hundreds of thousands of immigrant and refugee children who are now on the roles. This mass immigratioon is not in keeping with traditional Swedish monetary policy and without massive new spending on education to get them caught up and assimilated to the high standards needed to understand and participate in a socialist society.. Well let's just say that without education these kids will tear Sweden apart one welfare cheque at a time.

Stop paying for the extremists and other groups to propogate a message which no one wants to hear and no one is willing to pay for and start spending more money on the kids..
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