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Critics Blame One-Sided Swedish Media in Georgian Conflict

Published fredag 15 augusti 2008 kl 09.52
Georgian troops on the move

As the conflict between Russia and Georgia continues, some Swedish editorial writers and other opinion makers have been criticizing what they call the one-sidedness of the Swedish mass media and foreign minister Carl Bildt who sharply condemned Moscow for the bloodshed.

The critics argue that the Swedish media ignored the facts that the conflict was sparked by Georgia’s lightning attack on the break-away province of South Ossetia, that the capital was destroyed not by the Russians but by Georgian forces, and that most of the estimated 100,000 refugees have fled not to the south away from Russian troops but to the north to escape from Georgian fire.

Veteran Swedish journalists conclude that the Georgian attack to regain control over the province was a tactical mistake and that the 2 break-away provinces in question will now be even more and permanently under Russian influence.

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