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Swedish Media Coverage "Biased" Over Östberg

Published torsdag 16 april 2009 kl 17.01
Annika Östberg

One of Sweden’s most notorious prisoners, 55 year old Annika Östberg, arrived back in Sweden last week, after having spent 27 years in an American jail. She was sentenced to between 25 years and life in prison for her part in two murders, including that of a policeman. For years the Californian Board of Prison Terms turned down her appeals for a transfer to a Swedish prison.

But behind the scenes negotiations between the two countries suddenly bore fruit and Annika Östberg was transported back to Sweden in a operation costing Swedish taxpayers some 60.000 US Dollars. Now sitting behind the bars of Sweden’s most famous women’s prison, she is waiting for a local court in Sweden to convert her life term to a fixed-length sentence, customary here.

The Swedish media has shown great interest in Östberg’s during 27 years in prison. Her tragic life made a good tabloid story, but questions are now being asked about the way the story has been covered.

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