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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, May 11, 2012

Sweden's journalists not self-critical enough

According to a study by the University of Gothenburg, many of Sweden's journalists have close ties with the left-wing camp, in sharp contrast to the general population. Several chief editors have indignantly denied that this produces biased reporting, provoking the criticism of the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter: "Studies like these are a friend to this profession, not a foe. Journalists mustn't and can't precisely reflect the distribution of seats in parliament. But just as with membership of a class, gender or ethnic group, it's dangerous when editing teams become a bubble of political unity and mutual back-patting. The first important step is to acknowledge the problem, analyse it and discuss it. To deny it indignantly doesn't exactly boost confidence in us journalists."

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