ethical guidelines

Sweden: No democratic vision, no Eurovision

It is time to exclude non-democratic states from the Eurovision Song Contest, say Sweden, its Nordic neighbours and the UK according to a report in the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The northern European countries have formulated a new ethical steering document and want the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to adopt it. If that happens then countries which breach new guidelines could be excluded from the Eurovision song contest.

It comes after Sweden's winning entry, Loreen, drew fire from Azeri authorities for meeting with pro-democracy activists in the capital Baku, which hosted the Eurovision final on Saturday.

Norwegian journalists who filmed a satirical piece about Azerbaijan were stopped upon leaving the country and forced to strip by customs officials.

"We need a clear mandate to impose sanctions against member countries who don't follow ethical and democratic guidelines," says Hans-Tore Bjerkaas at the Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK.

"Radio and television channels within the EU must work for democratic liberties and rights," he says.

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