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Aftonbladet - Sweden | Monday, November 26, 2012

Death of newspapers endangers democracy

The death of the newspapers in Sweden is shaking democracy to the roots, the left-liberal daily Aftonbladet writes, calling on politicians to take swift action: "These times offer great opportunities for journalism. Information is easily accessible and media can work together with readers in new ways. But not everyone is a journalist. Social media cannot replace the processes, structures and knowledge that are the foundation for investigative journalism. And nothing is happening on the political side. The minister of culture and education points to current reports that are to determine whether online media should also receive state funding. A new system is to be developed, which however will only come into effect in four years' time. ... Journalism does not necessarily have to exist on paper. But one thing is for sure: a strong democracy needs strong news desks. Now is the time for deeds to follow words, across party boundaries and in cooperation with the big media players."

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