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Losing small magazines could have big impact

Published onsdag 17 december 2014 kl 16.21
"It is a very very sad development"
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Svenska kulturtidskrifter på Kulturnytts redaktion. Foto: Rebecka Ljung/Sveriges Radio
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State subsidy to cultural magazines has been a way to promote diversity on the shop shelves. Photo: Rebecka Ljung/Swedish Radio
Under manifestationen skrek man av smärta när kulturtidskrifterna kapades av i en pappersgiljotin. Foto: Hugo Rennéus / Sveriges Radio.
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Protestors "executed" cultural magazines and shrieked with feigned pain. Photo: Hugo Rennéus / Sveriges Radio.

The head of the Malmö branch of one of Sweden's biggest art attractions says his institution will be hit by a knock-on effect of a big cut in funding for culture magazines.

There will be less money for small cultural magazines in Sweden, after the centre-right opposition got their proposal to take away three-quarters of the state subsidy.

While many of these magazines have few readers, Jan Petter Nilsson, the head of Moderna Museet in Malmö, the modern art museum, condemns this cut. He says his institution will get fewer well-informed visitors who appreciate a wide range of art, and fewer small magazines mean fewer new talents will be able to break into the mainstream.

Magazines hit by this cut range from theatre and music magazines to Expo, a political magazine monitoring the far-right.

Protestors gathered near the Parliament on Wednesday to show their anger at this decision. And even figures from the centre-right opposition itself have criticised the cut in cultural magazine funding.

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