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Palm, Elin

Forscherin an der Universität Linköping

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Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 04/11/2013

Fear hurts democracy

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has said in connection with the US's spying on leading politicians that he is very careful about what he communicates on his mobile phone. This attitude is highly questionable, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet points out: "If the citizens start taking the same measures to protect their correspondence and privacy that politician Bildt prescribes this will weaken democratic society. The citizens will be less inclined to openly criticise society, to voice potentially contentious view or opposing views or to work with organisations whose values don't tally with the political mainstream. Yet precisely these activities are crucial for a vital democracy."

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