Friday, August 2, 2013

✐ Study of Swedish news broadcasting on August 1 - 2013

I'm questioning if the Swedish TV broadcasting news are as independent as we think they are. We have 2 major broadcasting companies in Sweden; SVT and TV4 that are sending the news. I have watched all the news broadcasts from both channels from August 1 - 2013. My question was, how much air time would the Manning trial and Snowden get.

Here's the result:

SVT
Rapport 7:30 pm (Rapport is Sweden's largest news with news around the clock for, SVT Forum and SVT Play.)
The main focus was about, Stockholm Pride demonstrating outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, against Putin's anti HBT laws, around 4 minutes of airtime. Snowden was mentioned for less than a minute and NOTHING about the Manning trial. Rapport 7:30 PM

Aktuellt 9 pm (Currently, SVT-depth news programs, providing analysis, debates and longer features.)
They focused on late diagnoses of people infected with HIV and a study about climate changes, that claims when it get's warmer, people become more aggressive and  angry, that violence, conflicts, etc it's more likely to happen then. Snowden was mentioned for less than a minute and NOTHING about the Manning trial. Aktuellt 21 PM

TV4
News 7 pm, Snowden was mentioned for less than a minute and NOTHING about the Manning trial. TV4 News 7 PM

News 10 pm, The focus was about the Berlusconi trial and Putin's anti HBT laws. Snowden was mentioned for less than a minute and NOTHING about the Manning trial. TV4 News 10 PM

I think this is remarkable, the big international news on August 1 - 2013 was about the Bradley Manning trial and none of the Swedish TV channels mentioned anything about it. The Swedish newspapers did have articles about Manning, but it wasn't first page news.

The Bradley Manning trial is a huge, very important and a major "event" in contemporary history. It's about human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This is something that should concern media worldwide, specially in the so called western "democratic" countries. That the source "whistleblower" Bradley Manning faces his whole life in jail, because he provided documents of war crimes done by the US army to Wikileaks. And the Swedish TV News channels didn't report anything about it, that's appalling.

Update, August 8 - 2013
Surprise, surprise... and now Obama is coming to Sweden in September, cancelling the planned trip to Russia, due to dissapointment that Putin gave Snowden temporary asylum in Russia!!! This is nothing but a political global "game", similar to kids playing in the sandbox. "If you don't give me that toy, I won't give you mine". Hello guys, this isn't a sandbox, it's the whole world you're playing with and you better be careful, we only have this one.

More to read here: President Obama to visit Sweden in September The Local - Sweden's news in English
"The statement issued by the White House confirming the visit referred to Sweden as a "close friend" of the United States, praising the country for "key leadership" on important international issues, including the forging of a new EU-US trade deal."
 

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