Swedish Newspapers Target Racist Comments

The Local, August 30, 2011

Several major Swedish newspapers have introduced restrictions to the comment functions in their discussion forums in an attempt to gain better control and limit racism, sexism and personal attacks.

Expressen has decided to close the possibility to comment on articles in real-time discussion forums on its website. Posts will instead be pre-moderated and not removed afterwards as is the current practice.

The newspaper wants to keep a better check on what is being written and hopes to avoid racist comments and personal attacks, the editor-in-chief Thomas Mattson wrote on his blog.

Mattsson and associate editor-in-chief Per-Anders Broberg will be legally responsible for the posts.

Thomas Mattsson explained that he hopes that the new policy will lead to greater transparency and that more people become involved under their full identities.

“The Internet is ripe for the audience, but the audience is not ripe for the internet.”

“It is not an easy decision for a liberal newspaper to state that, for a period of time, it is to limit people’s ability to express themselves, but we must take a responsibility for those that feature in our articles will not be subjected to derogatory comments and that the network does not become a forum covert racism.”

Mattsson argued that there the offenders are a small, but vocal group of anonymous users.

“There is a small group who use the forum which is to publish personal attacks and racist or illegal argument that are contrary to the good tone that the media is seeking.”

Expressen’s new policy states that for a while there will be fewer articles that readers will have the opportunity to comment on, and that posts will be reviewed before being published.

According to Thompson, the debate over moderating comments has been ongoing for a long time and he expects more media firms to follow suit.

“I think that everyone who sees the potential of the internet considers it a failure that one can not entrust the web users to comment freely because there are a few who abuse the system,” he said.

“Several xenophobic commentators have accused me of censorship and said that the media want to stifle debate on integration policy, but it’s about complying with the laws. It is possible to discuss the integration policy, but without personal attacks and racist comments.”

Dagens Nyheter has also announced a decision to temporarily turn off the ability to comment on articles online. The newspaper will introduce a new log in system in October which will require registration and email addresses and until then all of the discussion forums will be closed.

“It will not be as anonymous as before but it is a threshold in order to raise the level of comments. We have seen that there have been posts that have grossly violated the policy we have. It can, for example, concern racist remarks,” saidDN’s editor Gunilla Herlitz.

She expects the number of commentators to be smaller with the new system.

“There will obviously be consequences. At the same time we note that many of the newspaper’s articles are spread in other ways, by sharing on Facebook and other sites so the comment function is perhaps less important,” Herlitz said.

Sweden’s largest newspaper by circulation, Aftonbladet, has also announced restrictions on the freedom to post anonymous comments online.

The newspaper plans to present its new policy on Tuesday, with a statement informing readers that anyone who wants to comment on articles can still do so, but with a log in via their Facebook profile.

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  • HH

    The self-appointed European Ayatollas of “free-speech” strike again! The Communist Chinese must surely have more freedom in this regard these days, compared to much of Europe.

  • Anonymous

    “It is possible to discuss the integration policy, but without personal attacks and racist comments.”

    Please allow me to translate here:

    “It is possible to discuss the integration policy, but only if you agree that the EU’s policies of uncontrolled Muslim/Third World invasion is absolutely wonderful and must continue until all white Europeans are dead and gone.”

  • Anonymous

    I don’t slander blacks and I get my comments deleted from various newspapers. Stating facts is not slander. Telling the truth has become racism/hate.

    70% of US black children are brn out of wedlock today. In MI the rate is 80%. In 1960 25% were out of wedlock

    http://goo.gl/XBHD3

    75% of black males drop of high school in Detroit.

    Detroit News, 2010.

    http://goo.gl/35kpC

    71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)

    75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes (Source: Rainbows for all God`s Children.)

    85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: Center for Disease Control)

    85% of all youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)

    2003 Bureau of Justice Statistics analysis shows that 32 percent of black males born in 2001 can expect to spend time in prison over the course of their lifetime. That is up from 13.4 percent in 1974 and 29.4 percent in 1991. By contrast, 17.2 percent of Hispanics and 5.9 percent of whites born in 2001 are likely to end up in prison.

    http://goo.gl/4o5XB

    A study that looked at the relation between divorce rates and out-of-wedlock birthrates and violent crime between 1973 and 1995 found that nearly 90% of the change in violent crime rates can be accounted for by the change in percentages of out-of-wedlock births. (Mackey and Coney 2000, p. 352)

  • Anonymous

    Under no circumstances will the State allow Freedom of Speech. The only ideas that will be allowed are ones approved by the ruling elite. Only ONE view is permitted. If you have an opinion different from the government, you will be fired from your job, put in jail, or worse.

    This has been a favorite technique of repression by totalitarian regiems throughout history — Soviet Union, communist China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and today, most Western “iberal” Eruopean “Democracies.” In America, the founding Fathers fought against such tyranny. They said “Give me liberty or give me death!” Part of that “liberty” was the right to speak ones mind — to express an opinion that was not sanctioned by the current rulers.

  • Mike Harrigan

    What these liberal internet rags dont understand is that conservatives, White nationalists, etc, are far more likely to read newspapers, blogs, etc, than are liberals, democrats, leftists, etc. So they are probably offending a huge chunk of their audience by trying to censor them. I would suggest boycotting these publications until they back off on their assault on free speech. Lowered revenue has a way of making even hardcore liberals see the light.

  • Anonymous

    “It is not an easy decision for a liberal newspaper to state that, for a period of time, it is to limit people’s ability to express themselves”

    Actually, ONLY a self-described “liberal” newspaper would ever limit expression, for fear of uncomfortable truths being disseminated on their watch.

  • Anonymous

    “The newspaper plans to present its new policy on Tuesday, with a statement informing readers that anyone who wants to comment on articles can still do so, but with a log in via their Facebook profile.”

    So the thought police can get them fired from their jobs and imprisoned for impure thought. I know ADL recently set up shop in Australia. Maybe Sweden is next.

    On the other hand, I understand Swedish prisons are so plush serving a sentence is not a hardship but more of a vacation.

  • Question Diversity

    4:

    I agree with you, but I want to do it in a more subtle and nuanced way.

    I have mentioned here the sociological concept of an “overton window” several times in the recent past. “Overton window” is the fancy academic way of saying “controlled opposition.” Another way to put it is the “range of permissible opinions.” In the case of the Swedish papers, there will be political debate on race “allowed,” but it will be people who think that the failure of Sweden’s non-whites can be blamed on white liberal racism arguing with the people who blame it on white conservative racism.

    The truth, i.e. racial differences, is outside the Overton window.

  • sbuffalonative

    The Buffalo News started controlling comments last year. When they changed formts, all the comments of past articles were thrown down the memory hole. The editor, Ms. Margaret Sullivan wrote a follow up piece declaring the move a great success though she admits few people have signed up under the new rules.

    While articles used to get a 100 comments, what now we get are the same 5 to 10 people submitting drab, non-confrontational, mostly liberal comments. Sometimes, the majority of comments come from people living out of state. Buffalo is a liberal democrat haven and free speech (read Hate Speech) is not allowed and few people want to open up their lives to the persecution of the liberal media.

    I always kept my comments civil. I applied the same standards I adhere to on this website. I posted links to original source material to back up my arguments. I was banned about one week before the new rules were in place. I have not registered to comment in this new format.

    You can read about it here:

    We’ve been shocked at how seemingly routine stories can elicit comments that veer off into offensive territory.

    Margaret Sullivan: Seeking a return to civility in online comments

    Margaret Sullivan, Editor

    Some editors were sitting in a news meeting one morning not long ago, bemoaning the often outrageous, intolerant and hateful online “comments” attached to stories on The News Web site, when News Business Editor Grove Potter uttered a simple but eloquent truth:

    “Let’s face it,” he said. “We’ve created a class of anonymous flamethrowers.”

    He’s right. We have. And shortly, we’re about to change that dramatically.

    Online commenting began, a year or so ago, as a way to engage our Web readers and give them a chance to air their points of view and get some discussion going on the topics of the day.

    Quickly, though, the practice degenerated into something significantly less lofty. Particularly on stories about inner-city crime — but not only on those stories — reader comments can be racist and ugly. In fact, we’ve been shocked at how seemingly routine stories can elicit comments that veer off into offensive territory.

    One local reader, Bob Gallivan, wrote to me about it recently.

    “What is intended to be an open forum for individuals’ thoughts and opinions is all too often the outlet for small-minded, omniphobic hatemongers, racists and just plain mean-spirited people,” he said.

    Media organizations all over the country, particularly newspapers with active Web sites, are struggling with this subject. There’s no easy answer. The tension is between wanting to take advantage of the freewheeling expression of the Internet and wanting to keep standards of reasonable tolerance and decency on a public site.

    After quite a bit of internal discussion, The News — in the next few weeks — will make a significant change. We will require commenters to give their real names and the names of their towns, which will appear with their comments, just as they do in printed “letters to the editor,” which have appeared daily for many years on the newspaper’s op-ed page.

    It will mean that Web site readers must fill out an online form and include a phone number that we will use to help verify that they are who they say they are. It won’t be foolproof, and it will be somewhat labor-intensive for us, but we think it will raise the level of the discussion.

    “We hope to raise the level of discourse by providing a measure of accountability,” said News Online Editor Brian Connolly.

    The change arises, in part, after other methods have failed. The commenting was set up with certain restraints built in. One was self-policing — if a number of readers flagged a comment as unacceptable, it would be taken down. Another was monitoring by editors here, though the high volume of comments on dozens of stories a day made that impractical.

    In some recent cases — for example, the celebrated Batavia arrest for adulterous sex on a picnic table — we’ve taken the more extreme measure of not offering commenting at all on stories that seemed most likely to descend into the gutter.

    But, despite these precautions, trouble crept in anyway, like Peter Rabbit squeezing under the farmer’s fence. We have felt for some time that The News’ reputation for fairness and good taste was being damaged.

    Clearly, it’s time to do something about it.

    The changeover to the use of real names and locations will happen around Aug. 1. Before that, we’ll give our Web readers plenty of notice about how to comply with the new procedures.

    The aim of publishing reader comments, all along, has been to have a free-flowing discussion of stimulating and worthwhile ideas — something of a virtual village square.

    Now that people’s names will be attached to their ideas, we’re hoping that aim, finally, will be achieved.

    [email protected]

    http://tinyurl.com/27w37ht

  • Anonymous

    I wish these privately owned publishers the same ability to moderate their content as I wish American Renaissance. AmRen has commenting guidelines, these newspapers do as well. There is even some agreement in these guidelines.

    This atheist thanks god he lives in the United States, which has so far resisted the temptation to set up national ‘hate speech’ laws.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve read publications like The Local, and the comments concerning immigration are evenly split between race realists and brainwashed liberals.

    This new comment system is a thinly disguised scheme to drive race realists off the comment boards, so that it becomes a love-in for liberal leftists.

    Anonymous posts on the internet are the equivalent of political hand-bills posted on walls under cover of night. They are part of our Western tradition of free political expression.

  • Anonymous

    3 — Anonymous wrote at 7:18 PM on September 1

    Telling the truth has become racism/hate.

    ———————————————————-

    But ONLY if you are a racially aware White is when truth becomes hate/racism. I have never seen a black, mexican etc. EVER get fired (if so, they get a better offer, Juan Williams)or convicted of “hate or racist talk”.

  • underdog

    I assume that most of the commentators here are US citizens and US residents. I don’t understand what the buzz is about, especially when it seems that the Swedish MSM with internet presence is just getting around to these policies. Most major US MSM news souces with participatory web presence have been engaged in similar behavior for several years now.

  • Anonymous

    After quite a bit of internal discussion, The News — in the next few weeks — will make a significant change. We will require commenters to give their real names and the names of their towns, which will appear with their comments, just as they do in printed “letters to the editor,” which have appeared daily for many years on the newspaper’s op-ed page.

    So they can email the names and towns direct to ADL SPLC NAACP and Eric Holder.

  • Anonymous

    “9 — sbuffalonative wrote at 8:34 PM on September 1:

    The Buffalo News started controlling comments last year. When they changed formts, all the comments of past articles were thrown down the memory hole. The editor, Ms. Margaret Sullivan wrote a follow up piece declaring the move a great success though she admits few people have signed up under the new rules.’

    Hotmail is free which means since you don’t have to pay for it there is no way anyone can trace you through payments.

    I have several hotmail accounts under fake names and identifications. So just sign up with hotmail with fake names.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous speech is free speech in its purest form.

  • (AWG) Average White Guy

    The editor’s anti-White statements are breaking the law.

  • Anonymous

    6 — Anonymous wrote at 7:38 PM on September 1:

    “It is not an easy decision for a liberal newspaper to state that, for a period of time, it is to limit people’s ability to express themselves”

    “Actually, ONLY a self-described “liberal” newspaper would ever limit expression, for fear of uncomfortable truths being disseminated on their watch.”

    My experience is actually the opposite. It is easier for me to post on liberal websites, including CNN than it is to post on conservative ones, including FOSNEWS. They have more qualifiers in order to post and reject comments.

  • Big Bill

    There is a huge market for a universal comment tool. What do I mean? A Google Chrome or Firefox or Opera plugin that will automatically insert comments into an existing web page. You go to a news webpage and the plugin comments automatically load instead of the newspaper’s censored comments. Put your own advertising on the comments that are inserted. That way you can ignore all of the boring comments and go straight to the freewheeling comments.

  • Free to Speak

    It’s discouraging to see this kind of thing happen, but this is one reason why conventional newspapers are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. The lack of substantive news coverage is now going to be complemented by a small number of milquetoast comments that will not attract anybody’s interest.

    The Internet is rapidly becoming the 21st Century’s discussion forum. New technologies becoming available are going to make it impossible to censor. Let the newspapers do themselves in.

  • Anonymous

    I guess the left has it all sewn up for now. If you voice concerns about racism against whites that makes you a hater.

  • Anonymous

    Political correctness does not fare well in an anonymous, free speech environment. In fact, any sort of rigid thought control system would probably face the same kind of problems when confronted with the web. If the USSR was still around, I can imagine them having huge problems with people expressing uncomfortable opinions freely over the web.

  • Roy

    The blatant hypocrisy of the liberal left is there for all to see. Perhaps these ‘journalists’ can start naming their ‘anonymous’ sources now that we’re all into openness.

    Do these liberals every wonder why atheists and pro-democracy supporters post anonymously online in countries like Saudi Arabia? Should they be ‘exposed’ too for the sake of ‘acceptable’ comment? Anonymous expressions of opinion are about as honest as you can get. If anonymous opinions are so contrary to government policies then surely it’s the government that needs scrutinizing, not the public. This is why we still have anonymous voting (for now anyway).

    Why not have two discussion threads for each story – one that is unrestricted and anonymous, and the other where comments are identified. This way those people fearful of being offended or incited to hatred can opt for the sanitised version. And you can bet that the censored section will be as boring as it is unread.

  • Myopic Governance

    Anon #7 wrote

    “On the other hand, I understand Swedish prisons are so plush serving a sentence is not a hardship but more of a vacation.”

    One of the functions of massive 3rd World Immigration is to worsen prisons. Therefore, the native population is now imprisoned in a jungle habitat, rather than a reformational centre.

    If you can scare whites from committing crimes because jail is such a hellish nightmare(U.S.A), then you control the citizenry. Combined with this, the Governments keep expanding their definitions of “crimes”. The result is a passive and cowed citizenry, too scared to revolt.

  • John Engelman

    Freedom of the press belongs to those who own the press.

    I appreciate the way American Renaissance monitors allow the propagation of facts and opinions not allowed on other forums.

    I also appreciate the way they prohibit the use of obscene words, racial epithets, personal attacks, and anti-Semitic commentary.

  • Integration Anxiety

    How many times arw we told that giving in to terrorists, & negotiating with them means they won. In thise case what the vocal minority is typing was working. Maybe we’ll just take these little victories as a positive for marching ahead for the White Christian cause.

  • Fr. John

    How do you say ‘Sieg Heil’ in Swedish?

    Clearly, that is their operational mindset. Either that, or ‘Da, Camerade- Ya ne znaioo’.

    Either way, Sweden should kick these idiots against free speech out, as soon as possible.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it only the liberal news media that feels compelled to censor opinion?

  • sbuffalonative

    15 — Anonymous:

    “I have several hotmail accounts under fake names and identifications. So just sign up with hotmail with fake names.”

    You can’t register via email alone anymore. You have to provide your name, address, and home phone number which they verify before allowing you to post.

  • Anonymous

    The LA Times and similar heavily censor comments as in Sweden. You might be allowed to politely disagree (sometimes), but other posters can viciously attack you with any hateful comment they choose, as long as it’s anti-white. Many articles don’t allow comments at all. They don’t want to be countered with facts and statistics, and they don’t want anti-white racists to show their true colors. Their left wing truth is the only truth. Spiegel.de is a perfect example of euro-liberal speak. No comments are allowed. Diversity is wonderful, the riots in England were caused by the bad economy, controlling immigration is cruel and racist, etc. German press (and all of northern Europe) have the same press as the former East Germany. It is radically left wing, anti-American, anti-white, and it is a crime to disagree with them.

  • WR the elder

    The liberals want to ban anonymous posting so that if you tell the truth about race the $PLC and ADL can hound you out of your job, and antifa can leave death threats on your home answering machine.

  • Anonymous

    @9 – thanks.

    The one quote completely encapsulates the Lefty world view:

    “What is intended to be an open forum for individuals’ thoughts and opinions is all too often the outlet for small-minded, omniphobic hatemongers, racists and just plain mean-spirited people,” he said.”

    Translation: the truth offends him.

    The word “omniphobic” is priceless.

  • Jim

    Sounds like my experience with the CNN website. Just try to leave a well-reasoned post on the reality of racial differences. It will be deleted almost immediately.

  • s

    Swedish newspapers have been censoring for ages already. What this means is that something new is happening – like many more are getting very angry, so much that it is overwhelming to the editors.

  • Ron

    If diversity and multiculturalism were indeed strengths, this government-imposed censorship would be unnecessary.

  • Ron

    To clarify my earlier comment, although this censorship is stated as coming from “several Swedish newspapers”, there can be no mistake that the Swedish government is behind this.

  • EyeOnMadisonStreet

    My suggestion: since Facebook is obviously being exploited by the enemies of freedom for tracking and identification purposes, get off it! It should be called Mugshotbook – we, the race realists, etc., comprising the new version of the “wanted” list.

  • Anonymous

    “…or illegal argument…”

    What the heck is an “illegal argument?”

  • Anonymous

    Fr. John #27: If they were saying, “Seig Heil” in Sweden today, they would not be having these Race problems now. That’s something I could assure you.

  • Krister

    As a Swedish citizen I actually feel ashamed of our

    communist media yes indeed communist because most journalists

    here have sympathy for Marxism, the are willing to go to any

    length to cover up the truth about multiculturalism. It is so

    bad now here and these people know this and they simply do not

    care. Well in fairness I have to say that they have painted

    themself in to a corner. The politicians ofcourse sing a long

    except SD and we are trying as best we can but I fear it is to

    late but we will go down fighting. The sad thing is that we have

    a great history of free speech but not anymore. Luckily a plethora of websites have arisen that specialises in revealing

    the truth about certain articles because there is always someone

    how knows. Politicians and journalists hate these sites but they

    cannot shut them down and that must be galling he he.