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Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Monday, January 4, 2016

Swedish state shouldn't bully media

According to reports in the media the democracy report compiled by the statistics agency Swedish Statistics that is due to be published shortly contains a proposal that media source criticism be taught in schools. The liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten thinks little of the idea: "There is the risk that school lessons in source criticism would degenerate into the pure categorisation of information sources. … That would be precisely the opposite of an academic approach in which the arguments themselves are evaluated. … This newly awakened interest of the state in the media is worrying. Another study advises making state subsidies for press organs contingent on quality and democratic content. Money would therefore depend on content. In the long term such rules could have a devastating impact. State scrutiny is no guarantee for free and independent media."

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