Right-wing newspaper seeks subsidy

Right-wing, anti-immigrant newspaper Nya Tider (New Times) has applied for a government subsidy of nearly SEK 1.7 million.

The Swedish government provides financial support to publications in order to promote a diverse media. In order to qualify for the subsidies, publications have to maintain a minimum circulation.

Martin Ahlquist, editor-in-chief of news magazine Fokus, fears that the government press support system may falter if extremist media get government handouts.

”I think that it is deeply problematic that tax money goes to publications that do not promote basic values, like the equal value of each individual,” Ahlquist told Swedish Radio News.

The Press Subsidies Council (Presstödsnämnden) will decide Thursday whether or not to approve Nya Tider's subsidy application.