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Censorship of Swedish Government Child Abduction

The case of govt stealing little Domenic from home

Amadeus8888
post 10.Aug.2010, 02:38 AM
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Why won't The Local cover this story, which literally the whole world is talking about except "Big Media" in Sweden. Is this censorship?
A young boy called Domenic Johansson was taken from his loving parents because they were schooling him at home before moving to India. I though Sweden was supposed to be a country that respected human rights? I thought the press in Sweden was supposed to be a watchdog for abuses in government?
Here is a list of some of the hundreds and thousands of articles that have come out about this all over the world:

http://friendsofdomenic.blogspot.com/
http://dominicjohansson.blogspot.com/
http://www.varldenidag.se/index.php?option...0&Itemid=98
http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/cu...national-outcry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbiOrAhkr-k
http://www.onenewsnow.com/Legal/Default.aspx?id=1113834
http://educationalissues.suite101.com/arti...omeschool-child
http://www.greensparrow.se/wp/return-domin...to-his-parents/
http://www.alternativ.nu/index.php?topic=89605.60
http://www.skandinaviflorida.com/web/sif.n...nks/JEIE-7WZRH9
http://vbulletin.piratpartiet.se/showthrea...7626&page=2
http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/3607
http://www.christian.org.uk/news/swedish-g...ng-home-ed-boy/
http://www.filosofen.se/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=265
http://bloggportalen.aftonbladet.se/BlogPo...etails?id=75069
http://www.varldenidag.se/index.php?option...7&Itemid=98
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/apr/10042113.html
http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/show...d.php?p=1387772
http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=125602
http://mavera.blogg.se/2009/october/dominic-johansson.html
http://www.mguhlin.org/2009_12_01_archive.html
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/return-do...-to-his-parents
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=346022854609
http://sites.google.com/site/homeschooling...inic-johannsson
http://familyintegrity.org.nz/2010/ruby-ha...case-in-sweden/
http://www.nkmr.org/english/dominic_johans..._from_plane.htm
http://www.blogtoplist.se/media-journalist...ljer-15107.html
http://hef.org.nz/2010/june-25-2010-is-fri...-johansson-day/
http://sanabituranima.wordpress.com/2010/0...eds-his-family/
http://www.whoa.nu/forum/ovrigt/blandat/662876/1.aspx
http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/Sweden/200909160.asp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3CmaPzRCG8

Thousands more where these came from. Some of the biggest organizations in the world are joining with the family. The European Court of Human Rights is reviewing the case. Somehow most Swedes have not heard about this outrage yet?! Google it!!! Domenic Johansson.

The whole world is watching the Swedish government about this, and The Local, which claims to be a "news" organization for Sweden, won't even write one little story about this? Something is strange. There is no bigger story about Sweden in the rest of the world today. How shameful.
Thanks for writing about the 1 out of 2 children in Swedish foster care who is sexually abused, but that was only after the other news outlets wrote about it because you had to. Call these officials and ask why they have taken this 7 year old boy from his loving family and ask that he be returned now!!!
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Rick Methven
post 10.Aug.2010, 06:07 AM
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The Local publishes in English stories from the Swedish papers/news agencies. They do not start stories of their own.

This subject has been discussed on this forum a lot in the past and was covered at the time in the news section
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Mr Tyne Tees
post 10.Aug.2010, 06:22 AM
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I though Sweden was supposed to be a country that respected human rights? What planet are you living on? Swedes would push you into a gas chamber and sleep after that, these people are no blonde angels...
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gplusa
post 10.Aug.2010, 07:16 AM
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I took the bait and Googled. Didn't take more than a couple of minutes to see that there's more to this story than the OPs comments and the carefully selected links. As to be expected. Obviously a campaign of emotional outrage from one group of people online trying to force the outcome through sheer volume. Personally, after a couple of minutes, I could see why there were concerns by authorities. But that's just me.
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Puffin
post 10.Aug.2010, 07:28 AM
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This is now the 3rd thread on this case - so it is hardly being ignored!
http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?s...l=homeschooling
http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?s...l=homeschooling


I posted the first thread a year ago - I was outraged when I read the original case and I still don't believe that it was right for the police to storm the plane and remove a 7 year old in the way that they did - however some of the stuff I have read since makes me wonder whether the homeschooling aspect may have been a red herring and that there was more to this case than met the eye.

I read later on that the parents are strongly involved in the Marantha movement (many would call it a cult) and the 'charity work' was a move to one of its closed compounds in India where they believe strongly in "biblical corporal punishment" which is a part of their education process as well as an education based on the literal interpretation of the Bible. The group were banned from home schooling in 1998 in Stockholm because of physical abuse and refusal to follow the national curriculum . I think that the possibility of the child being taken to a cult-like compund where children may be physically abused - may have given grounds


I remember reading Dominic's father's blog online where the family presented their child as having special needs and unable to cope with the "stress" of mixing with other children in school. This was the reason I beleive that they gave the kommun for homeschooling. Yet the parents had never had their child assessed of diagnosed with any special needs - and in addition the subsequent assessments since he has been in foster care not not show any special needs or disability. He has been attending school without problems and doing well according to the reports from the court cases. I think this was taken up in the County Court case. In many ways this was not a 'normal' homeschooling family - most homeschoolers make a big effort for their kids to mix with other kids - yet this child had little or no contact with other children. I believe that the parents' insistance that he should not mix with other children also possibly gave Social Services social grounds.


I also read that both the County Court and the Court of Appeal have upheld the decision to take the child into case - the parents with suport from some US homeschooling associations has brought in some 'big hitter' lawyers and are in the process of taking their cases to the Supreme Court in Sweden.

It was also in the news in April this year that the parents and their US lawyer attempted to storm the school that the child currently attends - I am not sure that the parents/ lawyer really helped their case by taking this action at the school in front of the other children to get the boy in April.

So I think there is possibly a lot more going on here.

The homeschooling part is now largely academic - it has never been a right or fully accepted in Sweden - as it is to become illegal as a result of the 2010 Education Act

While I don't have an issue with homeschooling - I have reflected on this case this week when the media in the UK has been covering the death's of 4 homeschooled children
- 1 little girl was starved to death
- 3 children were stabbed by their US mother
So there does need to be protection for children where homeschooling is used to cover physical and emotional abuse
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stenhuggaren
post 10.Aug.2010, 08:27 AM
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I guess in contrast to the "media" links you include in your post, TL reports the news, it doesn't fabricate it.
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007
post 10.Aug.2010, 11:32 AM
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QUOTE (Rick Methven @ 10.Aug.2010, 07:07 AM) *
The Local does not start stories of their own.

TL does have original feature articles too including opinion pieces. perhaps the OP should write one and submit it?
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Puffin
post 10.Aug.2010, 11:54 AM
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QUOTE (7 @ 10.Aug.2010, 12:32 PM) *
TL does have original feature articles too including opinion pieces. perhaps the OP should write one and submit it?


Exactly -

I have been a little surprised that there has not been more activity in response to homeschooling being banned - it seems that it is first when the decision is all but final that noises have been made - yet complete silence during the remiss phase
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The Local
post 10.Aug.2010, 12:05 PM
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I'd just like to add a brief clarification of our decision not to cover this story at this stage.

In common with most media, we only very occasionally write stories concerning young children, custody disputes, and disputes between parents and social services.

The main reason for this is that it is extremely difficult to get a balanced picture. Social services and other relevant authorities are often unable to put their side of the story for reasons of confidentiality. We are then entirely reliant on the account of the parents (or often in custody disputes, of just one parent), which may or may not give the whole story.

We will continue to monitor developments on this story, and I do not rule out covering it in the future. But I do not want The Local to report on complex and emotive subjects unless we have access to all the facts.

James Savage
Managing Editor
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gplusa
post 10.Aug.2010, 12:09 PM
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Quite agree, James. The reporting on this case is very much one sided, with repeated use of the same emotive phrases in every on-line "article". And as you say, the opposing parties have not been able to present their side (needed to form a complete picture). Best to wait this one out until the whole story has been made public.
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Amadeus8888
post 10.Aug.2010, 12:55 PM
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Actually, you can read about the court decision here: http://friendsofdomenic.blogspot.com/2010/...pping-of-7.html

There is nothing "more" to the story - the government seized the kid because he was homeschooled, then they found out that he hadn't had a cavity filled (which he was going to fill in India with a family member who is a dentist) and that he hadn't taken all the government's vaccines, which it is legal not to take in Sweden (of course).

Does anyone remember this story from TL from last year:

One in two foster kids sexually abused
http://www.thelocal.se/22720/20091017/

Read that again: ONE IN TWO FOSTER KIDS SEXUALLY ABUSED. Read it again and again. Read the article. One out of every two children taken by authorities are SEXUALLY ABUSED by the foster care system!!! It's probably more but some are too ashamed to admit it happened. It sounds like the largest pedophile ring in the nation. Anyone who thinks this boy is better off with such a system should have their head examined.

As far as the links go, they weren't "carefully selected" - actually, I didn't even read a lot of them, I just did some searches and used the first few pages (out of dozens and hundreds of pages). Why don't you link to the articles that show the "other" side of the story?

Gplusa: could you enlighten us about what reasons you have for this:" I could see why there were concerns by authorities." What concerns? Are those concerns bigger than a 50% chance of being sexually abused in the foster care system? Losing ones parents? The shock and trauma of splitting up a loving family at gun point? The permanent psychological scars?

Puffin: Are you really suggesting that if somebody is a member of a religion you don't agree with, they should lose their children and risk a 50 50 chance of being sexually abused in foster care? Really? You would fit in well with the Soviets I think. In regard to your second comment, I thought it was a little strange too. The whole world is outraged by Sweden's new education law banning homeschooling. It has been reported in some of the biggest US publications along with stories of Swedish families considering fleeing the country and seeking asylum because of the new law. I think the reason is because most Swedes don't know or don't care, some think it's perfectly normal to ban anything except compulsory government care for all children, some just haven't heard because the Swedish press barely said a word. Search for stories in English and you'll find a lot of Swedes commenting on the issue though, almost always against the new law.


Stenhuggar: It isn't news that some of the largest lawyer groups (including the largest, headed by a Swedish man) in the world are getting involved, and that this story is making waves literally around the world? That Sweden is being challenged in the European Court of Human Rights? That Sweden's reputation for human rights is being wiped away? If that isn't news, I fail to see how a speeding ticket or mink farm "cruelty" are news.

The Local (James Savage): Thank you for finally offering an explanation. It is much appreciated. However, all you have to do is read the court documents and you will see what this story is about. Two seconds of research would have revealed this. You can read the social service's side, and the parents side. There is nothing lurking in the shadows here. Child seized for homeschooling, cavity and no vaccines later added as justification. This has been reported in the Vietnamese press and all over the world. If they consider it newsworthy, I think it's fair to say it's newsworthy in the country where it happened, whose reputation is suffering immeasurably. As people here suggested, if you would like me to do an opinion piece or article about it I would be happy to. Thanks.

Best wishes.
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drubb
post 10.Aug.2010, 01:23 PM
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Does TL actually have reporters?
QUOTE
TL does have original feature articles too including opinion pieces.

The features are not news stories as such, aren't the features linked to individuals blogs etc which are hosted on TL or linked to them?
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Amadeus8888
post 10.Aug.2010, 02:06 PM
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I can think of 100 different news angles for this story that wouldn't even involve a discussion about whether the government was correct in abducting a child because he was homeschooled.

For example:

-Swedish Social Services Attract Global Fury
-Powerful Global Groups Join to Help Swedish Family
-Swedish Family Case Being Reviewed by European Court
-Sweden's Image Taking a Beating Over Child Welfare Case
-Custody Battle Goes Global
-Homeschoolers Around the Globe Unite for Swedish Family
etc etc etc etc

The list is endless. My offer for an anrticle/opinion piece is still on the table. If nothing else, it would get you lots of traffic from Sweden and around the world smile.gif Plus, then nobody could say you ignored one of the most important Swedish/Global stories of the last few years.
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Puffin
post 10.Aug.2010, 02:13 PM
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QUOTE (Amadeus8888 @ 10.Aug.2010, 03:06 PM) *
I can think of 100 different news angles for this story that wouldn't even involve a discussion about whether the government was correct in abducting a child because he wa ... (show full quote)


Unfortunatel you have no hard information - all that is known is the media campaign orchstrated by the parents - which I quite understand - the other side are bound by secrecy rules and cannot comment or put their view accross

The case has been heard in both the County Administrative Court and the High Court and both upheld the decision to take the boy into care - it is just not the case that the courts follow the the decision of social services - if anything in many cases the Swedish courts show a general reluctance to take kids into care and it is almost impossible to remove parental rights permanently in Sweden

Could you please give me a link to a relaible source that says 50% of children placed in fostercare in Sweden are abused in the current system?
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stenhuggaren
post 10.Aug.2010, 02:21 PM
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I checked your links Amadeus. There is not one from a reliable or mainstream news source - they are all either conspiracy theory websites, blogs/facebook sites explicitly supporting the family, or Christian right websites.

The only "reliable" news sources that i could find (elsewhere) simply covered the boy's seizure from the plane and none seem to have investigated any "hidden agenda" in his case.

If the "world" is really discussing this story and you want The Local to cover it come up with proper analysis, court documents, the leave to appeal to the supreme court etc. etc.

While of course this story is not implausible, we who actually live in Sweden know that this is not some sort of ex-judicial Guantanamo hell-hole of a country and so there will be more to this than homeschooling and a few cavities.
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