Sweden video that inspired Trump was edited ‘unethically’, photographer who shot it says

Sweden video that inspired Trump was edited 'unethically', photographer who shot it says
Donald Trump at a rally in Florida. Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP
The photographer who shot part of a controversial video about Sweden by filmmaker Ami Horowitz has backed two police officers featured in the film, who claimed their quotes were edited to be taken out of context.

A segment from the Youtube documentary by Horowitz claiming that immigration had led to a rise in crime in Sweden was shown on Fox News last week, and featured two Stockholm-based police officers being interviewed. The clip inspired Donald Trump to use the Nordic country as a cautionary tale in a speech last Saturday.

The officers in the clip later complained about how they were portrayed however, saying they were being interviewed by Horowitz about something “completely different” to what the final video ended up showing.

“It was supposed to be about crime in high risk areas. Areas with high crime rates. There wasn't any focus on migration or immigration,” Anders Göranzon told newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Monday.

He added that neither he nor his colleague, Jacob Ekström, recognized the image painted of Sweden by the report:

“It has shocked us. He has edited the answers. We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism.”

Photographer Emil Marczak who filmed the interview has now backed the claims from the officers about being misrepresented. He says that Horowitz had a clear agenda and “repeatedly tried to get the police to agree with him”.

“To double check that my recollection is correct I went through the raw footage, and it confirms how the police have portrayed events. They said repeatedly that they had no information which could substantiate this kind of statement,” Marczak told DN.

The camera operator added that he would not have taken the job if he knew “how unethically and frivolously the material would have been cut together”.