Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Comments to Medieutredningen – Sveriges Radio

In brief, the main proposal of a new mediestöd "to the general news media, regardless of content or spridningsform" from January 1, 2018, as a replacement for the previous scheme in support of newspapers and the like "is intended to strengthen democracy in Sweden"

the Swedish Radio symphony ceo Cilla Benkö commented Medieutredningen in a press release:
” We welcome an investigation with suggestions on how to strengthen the important local journalism. Can the press be strengthened, but that it is out of diversity and our role as it is obviously good. It is positive that the analysts say that it involves a clear risk of deterioration to take funds from public service to finance the least.

the SVT’s ceo, Hanna Stjärne also think that it is good that the commission of inquiry dismissed the idea of taking money from the public service to the new media policy efforts, and in her comment she says:
– It is good that the investigator highlights the international platform big impact on the media industry and highlights the fact that Google already has more advertising revenue than all the newspapers.

Andreas Ekström think mediepolitikens task is to “keep out of the way and not discriminate negatively” and even he takes in his comment in Sydsvenskan up nätjättarnas power and money: “We have come so far into the digital revolution that we can call it there,” he writes, and calls for a global rättviseskatt: “Let nätjättarna pay their share,” says Ekström.

In Aftonbladet, a review of the Jan Scherman the press conference and calls it "svamlig". He writes: " I filled unfortunately of great concern. Not in the first instance for the verbal hot air, without that the proposal is so contradictory, incomplete and uncertain in terms of whether it achieves its objectives. In some situations are actually dangerous for free speech."

Nils Funcke, yttrandefrihetsexpert, is critical of the criteria for the new mediestödet and writes, under the heading “do not Play roulette with the freedom of expression”, in Expressen: " It can appear as well-meaning that the media, which raises the “distrust”, but that they are guilty of incitement to racial hatred, should not get state aid. But out of the frying pan into the fire, rises a threat to freedom of expression when it’s needed the best. History has plenty of examples of how the state directly or more subtly tried to control the media in times of crisis.”

"A bomb and a low-intensity form of hate speech. We had not expected us in the medieutredningen" was Thomas Mattsson, editor-in-chief at Expressen, comment to what is said about a "new independent body" which has been interpreted as a new public service broadcaster, and he wrote: "there is a clear conflict of interest that is not particularly appealing to publishers, and hardly even for politicians, and it is that, maybe forced to have to choose between trying to secure the release of small local papers or protect large public service activities."

In Today’s Media is Jeanette Gustafsdotter, ceo of the newspaper publishers, and Jonas Nordling, chairman of the union of journalists, quoted. Both are skeptical about the proposal of a new media company. Their respective comments are also quoted in the Journalist, where it is clear that the SJF and TU is positive to a mediestödsnämnd.

Kerstin Neld, ceo of the Swedish Journals, regrets that medieutredningen is not taken into account the journals: "A large number of Swedish magazines are important voices in democracy, but this may be bypassed almost completely in the investigation." At the Swedish Magazines, they have also counted the money and are reluctant to accept that the economy goes up for the Medieutredningen proposes and writes: "The new mediestödet is an equation with a number of unknown factors."

Daniel Nordström, Mittmedia, have many positive comments to Medieutredningen and think that " on the whole, in a relevant way, described the media situation", but also draw up a question mark. He thinks that it is good with the new mediestödet but not because the public service is the subject of the investigation, he believes that "the puzzle is not entirely".

Hans Lindeberg, ‘, lacking concrete proposals on the deployment of broadband and improved mobile coverage, which he points out that a prerequisite for people’s future possibilities to take part of journalism: “Medieutredningen miss to press for the #rättvistäckning”

the Discussions have thus been hot since Medieutredningen was presented, and on Tuesday have the investigators come up with a few clarifications of things that they believe are misunderstandings.


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