Journalism

New details prompt Swedish Radio review of former reporter's relation with source

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  • Swedish Radio News will carry out a new internal investigation into one of its reporters who had a relationship with a man who she had been assigned to investigate.
  • It follows information published on Tuesday in newspaper Dagens Nyheter that alleged the relationship had been going on since March, six months before she left Swedish Radio.
  • "I have decided that we need to take a fresh look, I need to go through this matter again with the help of the company's various specialists, HR and so on," says Klas Wolf-Watz, the head of news at Swedish Radio News.

Swedish Radio News will conduct a new internal investigation into one of its reporters who had a relationship with a man who she had been assigned to investigate journalistically and who the security service Säpo classified as a threat to national security.

The reporter, who left Swedish Radio last year, said she started the relationship after her investigative reports had finished last summer.

But a story published on Tuesday by newspaper Dagens Nyheter found car parking fines issued to the man in Stockholm that placed him outside the reporter's home as early as March - at a time when she was still working on the story.

Sweden's Security Police Säpo considers the man a threat to national security and want him to be deported. While awaiting deportation, he must report to the police in his home town of Gävle several times a week.

Swedish Radio's head of news, Klas Wolf-Watz said on Tuesday afternoon that he would be undertaking a fresh look following the newspaper's revelations and go through the matter again with the companies various specialists.

Wolf-Watz said the results of that investigation could bring about new decisions when it comes to how the broadcaster handles the reporters' stories, which remain published on online.