Ola Sigvardsson, Sweden's press ombudsman on why it is right not to name two media profiles who are accused on social media of sexual assault or harassment.
Ola Sigvardsson, Sweden's press ombudsman on why it is right not to name two media profiles who are accused on social media of sexual assault or harassment. Credit: FREDRIK PERSSON/TT

Should media name the accused in #metoo campaign?

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In recent days, two high-profile Swedish media personalities facing accusations of sexual assault or harassment have been named on social media, as people add their voices to the #MeToo campaign. Several high-profile women have criticised traditional media for its silence in not naming the two men. Sweden's press ombudsman Ola Sigvardsson tells Radio Sweden why the media is right in their decision.

Social media has been flooded with women's stories of sexual harassment and assault under the hashtag #MeToo, including women in Sweden. Several have chosen to name people whom they point out as perpetrators.

In recent days two famous Swedish media profiles have been identified, one working at Aftonbladet and one for TV4. Both cases have led to internal investigations and audits.

Swedish Radio is not naming the two men, as police have not confirmed they are looking into the accusations, and no preliminary investigation has begun.

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