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Right extremists attract most web visits

Published tisdag 18 juni 2013 kl 13.16
Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson

According to a new report from the Swedish Media Council, there are 145,000 unique visits every day to right wing extremist websites here.

That’s seven times the number of daily visits to the sites of all of the parties in the Swedish parliament together, including the right wing anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats.

The council’s Ulf Dahlqvist tells Swedish Radio News “I am very surprised…these are movements that advocate political violence.”

Altogether the eight parties in parliament get 19,000 visits to their websites daily.

The extreme right attracts much more attention than the extreme left, which gets 3,600 unique visits to its sites daily. The only Swedish jihadist site has less than 100 daily visitors.

Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson is concerned about the results of the survey. “It must be taken very seriously,” she tells Swedish Radio News. “These extreme right and white power groups have been active in Sweden for a long time, and work with similar groups in the other Nordic countries. We have to take a closer look at them.”

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