Police car in Rinkeby and Ami Horowitz.
Police car in Rinkeby and Ami Horowitz. Credit: Christine Olsson/TT, Privat.

US film on Swedish crime unethically edited, say cameramen

Filmmaker: Nothing they said was taken out of context
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A YouTube documentary from Sweden by an American filmmaker that directly linked immigrants to violent crime was unethically edited and driven by the filmmaker's agenda, said two cameramen involved in the project.

Swedish freelance cameramen Emil Marczak and Jakob Bjelfvenstam both helped Ami Horowitz make his short documentary ”Stockholm syndrome”.

The 10-minute segment was featured on Fox News last week and prompted US President Donald Trump to mention Sweden in a weekend speech where he attacked European refugee policies.

Speaking to newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the cameramen said Horowitz's questioning in his interviews and his editing of the footage showed a clear bias toward linking immigrants to Sweden to crime.

Horowitz defended his film and said it's subjects and co-workers were simply trying to deflect public scrutiny onto him.

"I am sure everyone involved in this is in the middle of a shit storm. Everybody is running for cover. The video speaks for itself,” he told Dagens Nyheter.

Marczak helped Horowitz interview two police officers about crime in Stockholm. Since the film's release, both officers have distance them from the piece and Marczak said the raw footage supports their concerns.

"I would never have participated if I had known how unethically and frivolously the material would be edited. To double check that my memory is correct I have gone through the raw material and it confirms the policemen’s view of the course of events”, Marczak told the newspaper.

Speaking with Swedish Radio, Horowitz said he believes the officers are under pressure at work to disassociate themselves from the film.

"As we say in America, CYA (cover your ass), they have to cover their butts," Horowitz said.

Though one of the officers, Anders Göranzon, told Swedish Radio that is untrue.

Horowitz went on to say that he didn't make the film to smear Sweden. He said he loved the country and added that not all immigrants are criminals.

Bjelfvenstam, the other cameramen, helped Horowitz interview journalist Annika Hernroth-Rothstein. She has told both Dagens Nyheter and Swedish Radio that she doesn’t feel that her quotes were taken out of context.

Bjelfvenstam said he felt the "whole interview was without nuances" involving Hernroth-Rothstein.

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