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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Investigative journalism is a balancing act

Working together with a network of journalists which includes members on the far left, the Swedish daily Aftonbladet has uncovered the identities of people who anonymously incited hatred against migrants on the Internet. Although such collaborations are not unproblematic the revelations are worth it, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter believes: "If we accept today that Aftonbladet exposes racists with the help of people on the far left, will we find it acceptable if tomorrow the daily unmasks the undemocratic left with the help of members of the far right? The end can justify the means, not least in journalism. So far the revelations have been relevant. In their aftermath the Sweden Democrats dismissed a lawyer who wanted to arm 'the Swedes' against 'the immigrants'. Everyone has the right to think in terms of odious expressions like 'dirty Jews' and 'jungle negroes'. But we as citizens can expect politicians and lawyers not to practice one moral system at work and another at home at their computers."

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