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Kjöller, Hanne

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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 11/03/2013

Ban on children in cafés not discrimination

The initiative of a Stockholm café to bar access to children has met with a huge resonance in Sweden. According to an Internet poll by the daily Dagens Nyheter, 80 percent of 18,000 respondents were in favour of the plan. When the Equality Ombudsman (DO) objected, however, the café was obliged to allow access to children. But the issue itself is beside the point, the liberal daily writes in annoyance: "In Sweden there really is discrimination - for example when black people are denied access to nightclubs or Roma aren't allowed to rent apartments. And now the DO has decided to fight for the right of privileged urban mothers to decide in which of 300 cafés - instead of 299 - they'll drink their latte macchiatos with a couple of screaming kids in tow. Maybe the DO is right from a purely legal point of view. But the real issue is to combat the true inequalities in relations between young and old, black and white, men and women and disabled and 'fit' people."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 22/07/2012

Rule of law stands firm against Breivik

Norway commemorated the victims of the killings of 22 July 2011 on the weekend. Sentence is due to be passed on self-confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in August. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter praises the Norwegian court which is holding the Brevik trial: "If there is one participant who has held up the flag all along, it's the court - and not least the public prosecutor duo. There was much talk of the 'Breivik circus', of how he would reach a huge audience with his enormous media presence and how that was precisely what he wanted. But there has been no circus. There was a trial that naturally attracted a lot of media attention. And yes, he was allowed to speak, because anyone who is standing trial has that right. Perhaps Breivik has achieved his goal. But the rule of law also achieved its goal in this case. And we can't sacrifice the rule of law just to prevent Breivik from getting what he wants."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 16/03/2012

Children with disabilities also lovable

The Danish government is planning an extended screening programme for pregnant women aimed at ensuring that no more children with Down syndrome are born in Denmark after 2030. Danish doctor Ann Tabor explained the measures this week on Swedish television citing the high costs that such children entail. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter considers this a dangerous stance: "With this view on the value of the individual a number of children would have to be scraped out of their mother's wombs. Where do you put the limit for which children are too expensive? According to Ann Tabor, not a great number of parents want a child with intellectual limitations. But there are few who wouldn't love this little being once it was born. … The decision should be left to the parents, as it is now. But anyone who is deliberating the pros and cons of screening or abortion should be aware that ultimately the decision is also about what kind of society we want: one for everyone or one for a certain type of people."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 28/11/2008

Heroes on the stage of democracy

The Italian author Roberto Saviano, who received death threats following the publishing of his anti-mafia bestseller "Gomorrha", recently visited Stockholm. "Roberto Saviano is a hero," writes Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. "But we should bear in mind that he is in good and plentiful company. Others are fighting with equal valour and commitment for the freedom of the word - regardless of whether those who want to restrict [that freedom] are criminal organisations or repressive states. ... About a year ago prosecutor Barbro Jönsson was the target of a bomb attack, but this has not deterred her in her fight against organised crime in Sweden. ... She, too, is a hero on the stage of democracy. Perhaps the best life insurance for Saviano and Jönsson is their ... glorification. The more ... they are admired ... the more risky it becomes to kill them."

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