In the news: How often do crime stories make headlines in Sweden?

Law and order, fatal shootings and crime dominate news reports in traditional Swedish media as well as social media, according to a new survey. Let's take a closer look.

In the news: How often do crime stories make headlines in Sweden?
Swedish journalists at a police press conference in Malmö after a shooting in August. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The topic of law and order received 43 percent of radio coverage between August and September 2019, and 35 percent of television coverage, according to Mediemätaren, a study by pollsters Kantar Sifo on behalf of public radio news broadcaster Sveriges Radio Ekot.

It was followed by reports on the economy, to which both dedicated just above 20 percent of their coverage. These reports were almost entirely about Sweden's national autumn budget proposal.

As for television coverage, this was followed by migration/integration (19 percent), foreign policy (18 percent), taxes (16 percent), environment (13 percent), education (13 percent), opinion polls (12 percent), the political game and government question (10 percent) and health care (10 percent).

Looking at radio coverage, the following topics rounded up the top-ten list: foreign policy (22 percent), environment (16 percent), migration/integration (16 percent), education (14 percent), health care (11 percent), EU/EMU (11 percent), taxes (10 percent), employment/labour market (10 percent).

And one in six lead stories in newspapers, television and radio was about crime and policing, according to Sveriges Radio Ekot, a rise from five to 17 percent compared to the previous survey in April-July, as the fatal shootings of two women in western Stockholm and Malmö put the media spotlight on gang crime.

Law and order, and migration and integration, were the most talked-about subjects in social media, representing around 30 percent of Twitter posts and 40 percent of Facebook posts in the survey.

Despite the attention given to the global climate strike sparked by Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg, coverage of environmental issues did not increase much, according to the survey.

The survey looked at the following broadcasts and newspapers: SR Ekot 4.45pm, SVT Rapport 7.30pm, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Göteborgs-Posten, Expressen and TV4.

Read the full survey (in Swedish) here.


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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.