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Schyman complains of Fi media isolation

TT/The Local · 5 Jul 2010, 08:40

Published: 05 Jul 2010 08:40 GMT+02:00

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The Almedalen Week is annual event since 1982 and features speeches, seminars and other political activities, and is considered an important forum in Swedish politics.

"Sure this means a lot to us and our possibilities to be seen and heard - these are normally very limited," Schyman told news agency TT in Visby.

Schyman held a meeting on Sunday at the Donners plats square and used the opportunity to argue for a shorter working week, shared parental leave and just salaries - including among other things an "equality fund" amounting to 70 billion kronor ($9.12 billion).

The charismatic former Left party leader and Fi are set to have an active Almedalen week with a slew of speeches, debates, seminars and duels scheduled.

Schyman repeated her criticism that Fi is not given a place in media political debates and was critical that polling institutes do not divulge Fi's support separately.

"This we are very frustrated, disappointed, and angry about," she said.

"If we are to protect democracy then more democratic movements need to be presented aside from those occupying power," Schyman continued.

The Almedalen Week - where parties, authorities, companies and organisations spend million on hours, premises, speakers, food and drink - is an important forum where Fi can on a cost-efficient basis, promote its message of equality, Schyman said.

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"I hope that more people understand that Fi is an important force in politics, that more understand that organized, systematic political work is needed."

She sees the week as the start of Fi's election campaign. Schyman is positive ahead of the election, and compared how the Green party has pushed the other parties into realizing that environmental issues are a field of knowledge. Fi can fulfil the same function with regards to equality, Schyman believes.

"We are that force in Swedish politics."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:46 July 5, 2010 by Nemesis
She has a very good point.

We constantly read about the Sweden Democrats in this media and other outlets. At every oppertunity this media outlet mentions the Sweden Democrats in polls, for some very bizarre reason.

The poll results of all parties should be realised. Selective polling removing particular political parties, is anti-democratic.

All parties should be covered coming up to an election, regardless of what type of party they are, preferably in proportion to the level of support they have in society.

The electorate deserve to be informed about every possible choice they have in an election, no matter how good or bad a political party is. To not do so, is an affront to democracy.
10:23 July 5, 2010 by Byggare Bob
She does have a point, I agree.

Although with a limited amount of space in every media outlet Fi can't expect to have the same amount of coverage as the parliamentary parties or there would not be any scope to cover any non-political news.

The Sweden Democrats is an odd one there - I guess polling institutes take them in because of their level of support. You do notice that when SD polls below the threshold for parliamentary seats they become less relevant in the news reporting.

I don't think the media can be held to account for the fact that polling institutes separate only SD (of the non-parliamentary parties) and clump the rest of the parties as "other".

Fi has a message that is an important part of the discourse, but I wonder if this time around they have anything significantly different to offer - the proposals above all feature in one or other of the main political parties for example.

They have been forced to tone down their message it seems for fear of being dubbed too radical, and perhaps due to comments erroneously attributed to them from the last election ("Men are animals" for example - which had nothing to do with them).
10:52 July 5, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
Who's to say that they don't get a pro-rata share of the media coverage? By my reckoning the media coverage she gets certainly outweighs her de minimus electoral polling (
11:18 July 5, 2010 by calebian22
FI got .7% of the vote in the last election. The fact that we hear anything about it is more than it deserves.
11:19 July 5, 2010 by Beavis
I dont see the Pirate party in the polls ether, yet they received 10 times more votes that this crazy bint
14:46 July 5, 2010 by hpunlimited
Maybe because FI is a party based on non democratic principles. It is a party that is ONLY lobbying for 50% of the population. Gudryn should go home and dance instead of doing politics.
15:10 July 5, 2010 by eZee.se
@Beavis, damn... you beat me to it! Was just going to say that.

@hpunlimited, 50% of the population - true, but at least 900% more vocal :P

(Now, I dont have any studies to back up my numbers, just past girlfriends and acquaintances as well as friends of the opposite sex. :) )
15:12 July 5, 2010 by Kevin Harris
At 0.7% of the vote, the FI has just used its fair share of news coverage.

Unless it does something interesting, in which case welcome back.
07:56 July 6, 2010 by Makaveli
"I hope that more people understand that Fi is an important force in politics, that more understand that organized, systematic political work is needed."

Only thing i understand about this bunch is that they are about to destroy a huge sum of money by burning. Outrageous...Gudrun, why dont u take a good Run home and do something better.
18:46 July 9, 2010 by Canadian Dad
FI thinks it doesn't get a fair share of news coverage???

Socialist feminazi propaganda dominates the media in Sweden and around the world. The millions of men who have been brutalised by the "Family Justice" systems of the world and the Fathers' Rights groups who support them are truly the ones who do not get any share, let alone a fair share, of media coverage.
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