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Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2003 - Sweden

Publisher Reporters Without Borders
Publication Date 2003
Cite as Reporters Without Borders, Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2003 - Sweden, 2003, available at: [accessed 24 November 2017]
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Journalists who investigate extreme right-wing groups are regularly threatened and even physically attacked by neo-Nazi militants.

Five extreme-rightists smashed the windows of journalist Björn Lockström's house in Motala (southwest of Stockholm) on 19 May 2002. Lockström had been investigating illegal activities of neo-Nazi groups. The attackers were arrested at a police roadblock soon afterwards, carrying clubs and teargas grenades.

On 15 September, he and Olof Abrahamsson, a photographer with the newspaper Kvällsposten, were chased in their car by neo-Nazis through the southern town of Karlskrona. The rightwingers recognised Lockström, who had come to report on municipal elections where candidates of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Front (NSF) were standing. The journalists managed to escape.

Bosse Svensson, head of Radio Blekinge, in Karlskrona, and a journalist from the Malmö TV station Syd-Nytt (who wanted to remain anonymous), received written death threats from neo-Nazis on 15 November. The journalists had taken part on 7 November in a TV programme called "Mediamagasinet," discussing relations between journalists and the many neo-Nazis in the Malmö area.

A few days after a 15 October broadcast by the TV station TV3 of a report by journalist Richard Slätt about neo-Nazi activities, the NSF paper Storm said Slätt should be watched.

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