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Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 12/11/2008

Cheaper alcohol for television broadcaster

The Swedish public television broadcaster SVT has been ordered to pay a fine of around 15,000 euros. SVT had sent several of its employees on a business trip to Germany to purchase cheap alcoholic beverages for a company party. SVT argued that many Swedes are in the habit of doing this and justified the trip by citing the need to economise. The daily Svenska Dagbladet writes that that doesn't count: "SVT is a public institution. Therefore it has no business making headlines by doing what the average Swede does and getting around paying the high taxes on the products of [Sweden's alcoholic beverages monopolist] Systembolaget by purchasing cheaper alcohol abroad. The fact is that SVT depends on tax revenues staying in the country to be able to continue to exist and develop its programme. Not to mention the matter of SVT's credibility when it comes to examining our alcohol policy if the company doesn't live according to the principles it imparts to others."

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 25/01/2007

Bugging operation in Sweden

The conservative Swedish defence minister, Mikael Odenberg, has presented a revised draft of a new bugging law that would allow the FRA – the ministry of defence's monitoring unit – to monitor telephone conversations and emails in its campaign against terrorism and organised crime. Maria Abrahamsson sees the proposal as a threat. "Odenberg's proposal takes as little account of protection of privacy as the EU resolution on recording telephone data. The resolution is due to enter force this year in Sweden. This means that recordings of all telephone calls, text messages, emails and log-ins will be kept for at least one year in case the police require access to the information in an investigation. The law does not foresee any exceptions for editorial departments. Yet we haven't heard any protests from the journalist's association so far. It's worrying that this professional group has failed to understand the implications of FRA monitoring and the obligatory recording of telephone data."

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 04/01/2007

A quota for women in Swedish theatres

Sweden's previous social democratic government wanted to raise the percentage of female employees in the fields of economics and culture. Last spring a committee decided that at least 40 percent of theatre-related jobs must go to women. But the new minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn, rejects this idea. Rightly so, says Maria Abrahamsson. "The Royal Swedish Academy of Music sourly notes that the requirement of 40 percent female authors, be they dead or alive, is not to be fulfilled. The union of 'Swedish Stage Designers' points out that artistic freedom thrives best without any state influence. No one denies that there is gender-based discrimination, but this question is difficult to evaluate in a milieu where the body and hungry eyes are tools of the trade. Of course, women and men must have equal opportunities... But the fact that women and men have the same rights and responsibilities must ultimately suffice. In the realm of theatre, as anywhere."

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | 31/10/2006

Weapons amnesty in Sweden

Sweden is currently discussing introducing a weapons amnesty under which owners of unregistered or unlicensed firearms can hand them over to the police without facing criminal charges. The "Hells Angels" would be one of the main target groups. In a similar initiative in 1993, a total of 17,000 illegal firearms and 15 tonnes of ammunition were hand over to the police. The Swedish opposition has expressed its doubts about the success of such measures but columnist Maria Abrahamsson welcomes the initiative proposed by the country's new justice minister, Beatrice Ask. "Each weapon handed over to the police makes our society safer – even if, as happened last time, it's mainly normal, law-abiding citizens getting rid of family heirlooms that nonetheless are completely functional. It would be also be a good idea to increase the prison sentence for illegal possession of weapons from four years to six at the same time. However, this second course of action should not by any means preclude the implementation of the first."

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