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Christian Democrats consider interview boycott after Swedish Radio management declines meeting

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  • The Christian Democrats' party secretary says the party might consider boycotting party leader interviews by Swedish Radio regarding the upcoming election, after it was denied a meeting with the broadcaster's management to discuss inaccuracies published by Radio Sweden when quoting the leader of Christian Democrats Ebba Busch.

  • Radio Sweden's Arabic, Kurdish, and Somali desks cited Busch as saying "muslims" when she used the word "islamists" when talking about the Easter weekend riots brought on by scheduled rallies by Rasmus Paludan. The error was in three of 13 web publications about Busch's comments that were reported by Radio Sweden's various language desks.

  • Swedish Radio News' editor in chief Klas Wolf-Watz said earlier on Friday that a meeting isn't necessary, adding that the mistakes were serious and all corrected. He promised an internal investigation into what went wrong.

The Christian Democrats are considering boycotting party leader interviews by Swedish Radio ahead of the election this September, if management at the broadcaster does not agree to its request for a meeting with the party's leadership. That's according to a statement posted on Facebook by Peter Kullgren, party secretary for the Christian Democrats.

The party's demand comes after mistranslations were made in some online publications by Radio Sweden's language desks, where party leader Ebba Busch was quoted as saying "muslims" when she used the word "islamists". Her remarks were made in an interview with Swedish Radio after riots hit several Swedish cities over the Easter holiday weekend. Busch was talking about the hundred or so police officers wounded in the unrest, and asked rhetorically "Why don't we have at least hundred wounded islamists, hundred wounded criminals, hundred wounded rioters?".

Radio Sweden's Arabic, Kurdish, and Somali desks cited Busch as saying "muslims". The error was in three of 13 web publications about Busch's comments that were reported by Radio Sweden's various language desks.

As a result the Christian Democrats want a meeting with Swedish Radio to get an explanation on how the error occurred, and said they would consider withdrawing their participation at the party leader level in election interviews by Swedish Radio.

The errors were corrected after the mistranslations were brought to Radio Sweden's attention.

On Swedish Radio's website, Radio Sweden editor-in-chief Gaby Katz and Swedish Radio News' editor-in-chief Klas Wolf-Watz wrote that they consider it serious that the same errors appeared in several of Radio Sweden's publications about Busch's comments, and that they regret her statement was translated incorrectly.

The pair wrote on Swedish Radio's website that "We will go through what has happened and what needs to be done to stop it happening again."