Every fourth day, a journalist is killed. In nine cases of ten the guilty goes unpunished. Every attack on a journalist is an attack on our democracy, writes Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio.
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"Occasionally we are greeted as champions. Other times as vultures. Both are equally wrong and equally painful."
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I understand some of my colleagues and external critics who point out that my op-ed about the limits of parachute journalism can be interpreted as an attack on press freedom. And therefore by extension, ironically enough, an attack on the very democracy that I so want to protect. That one can’t be just a little bit in support of press freedom — either you’re in, or you’re in. But I can be all in and at the same time criticise my industry and craft.
Ann Törnkvist replies to some of the comments her op-ed on parachute journalism generated.
- OP-ED/DEBATE: PARACHUTE JOURNALISMOP-ED/REPLY TO ANN TÖRNKVIST
Earlier this week journalist Ann Törnkvist wrote an op-ed titled: "Parachute journalists like Tim Pool a threat to democracy." Tim Pool was immediately given the opportunity to reply here, but since he chose to reply on his own vlog we've linked to his video reply.
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- DEBATE: PARACHUTE JOURNALISMOP-ED.
The American journalist Tim Pool’s Sweden tour, reporting from several suburbs, managed to attract a global audience. He tagged a video from March 1 with ”getting 'escorted' out of the 'no-go zone' ” - the angle being his claim to have to leave Stockholm neighbourhood Rinkeby with a police escort, something the police have denied. They also denied that the atmosphere had been threatening, commenting that people had only covered their faces to avoid being filmed.
Erik Helmerson, an editorial writer for Sweden’s largest paper, Dagens Nyheter, claimed the incident showed something was ”seriously wrong” and ”rotten” in Sweden, but Ann Törnkvist, a former beat reporter with Swedish public service radio, counters that while any journalist should be able to do their work without feeling unsafe, Tim Pool’s brand of ”parachute journalism” – landing in a place of which one has little prior knowledge – is a greater threat to democracy than people hiding their faces from the camera.
Update: We've clarified that this is an op-ed, a debate piece. The content and opinions expressed in this article are the author's own. Tim Pool was immediately given the opportunity to reply, but chose to do this on his own vlog. Here's a transcription of his reply.
The Director General of Swedish Radio, Cilla Benkö, comments below on the troubling events in Turkey, including the arrest of journalists, and the shutting down of news agencies, broadcasters and newspapers.
On July 6th Matthew Waite, professor in journalism at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and founder of Drone Journalism Lab, gives a keynote speech in Swedish Radio's seminar "When will robots take over politics and media?" in Almedalen, Gotland.
Hera are some of Waite's reflections on robotjournalism and artificial intelligence.
On July 7 Unesco Director General Irina Bokova gives a key note speech in Swedish Radio’s seminar “Who will take the political responsibility to protect free speech?” in Almedalen, Gotland. She will explore the paradoxes facing freedom of expression today.
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- Sweden’s leading publishers in joint statement:Debate/Net neutrality
Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we representatives of Sweden’s leading media companies urge the Government and the Parliament to act to ensure an open Internet that is equal for everyone. This is prompted by the collaboration that the state-owned telecom company Telia has entered into with the global media giant Facebook, which in the long run risks jeopardising Swedish media companies’ ability to reach out to our primary audience, the general public.
Today, Tuesday 26 April, sees the start of the trial of an investigative journalist and two whistle-blowers in Luxembourg for their 2014 revelations, which came to be called LuxLeaks.
Swedish Radio's Director General Cilla Benkö, believes that it is a matter of grave concern that journalists and their sources can be brought to trial in the EU.
Enough is enough. Every policy initiative that can be taken to secure the safety of journalists, both nationally here in Sweden and internationally through bodies such as the UN and the EU, must now be implemented. This is an urgent matter if we want to continue to protect the freedom of the press and of expression in the world.
111 – remember this figure. This is how many journalists and colleagues such as fixers were killed in 2015. A figure which is unacceptably high. Because this isn't merely about the fate of individuals and grieving relatives; this is about a threat to freedom of speech and thereby to democracy.
The EU is nearing an impasse that risks jeopardizing the future of investigative journalism. Sweden is looking on, saying nothing, in the belief that the new regulations proposed by the EU will not impose any direct limitations on Sweden, specifically. It is a naive assumption. If the proposal is adopted, it will affect the ability of Swedish journalists and media companies to pursue free and investigative journalism in equal measure, says seven representatives of the Swedish media in a joint debate piece.