According to the Alliance’s cultural budget , the support to cultural periodicals cut back sharply. The savings, 15 million, meaning that many of the country’s cultural journals at risk closure.
The announcement raises criticism even from the bourgeois side. Critics argue, inter alia, that support is important for the public discourse and the diversity of voices in Sweden, especially in a time when cultural sites are shut down and journalism is under heavy pressure.
Now open Per Bill (M) Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, for any form of reconsideration.
– Of course we’ll look at whether there are alternatives to keep the budget but that cultural magazines receive a small portion of the savings, says Per Bill to Kulturnytt Swedish Radio .
Swedish Arts Council is the authority granting aid for cultural magazines. Support is given both to pure culture magazines Lyrikvännen and palette, but also to magazines Expo and Bang.
– If the agency finds another way to fund cultural magazines, I’m the first one who will listen to it, says Per Bill to Kulturnytt.
It was last Friday that the Culture Committee decided that support for cultural magazines to be more than halved. On Thursday dealt savings in Parliament.
Former Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth (M) wrote on Facebook that it is “sad” that the Alliance proposes a reduction of aid to the cultural magazines. MEP Cecilia Wikström (FP), which had previously been a member of the Parliamentary Culture Committee, said she was appalled savings.
– I am sincerely sorry when I see that they want to do such a saving that is so small but in an area that does so much, she says.
Madeleine Sjöstedt (FP), Culture politician and former culture commissioner in Stockholm, call culture committee’s decision “embarrassing and boring”.
– It is a wrong decision. There must be a mistake which may belong to the same genre as the government came with the opening of the Mediterranean institutions, she said.
Even Cecilia Wikström draws parallels to the red-green government’s handling of Mediterranean Institutions, which earlier this fall was threatened with closure .
– This is all a symptom of failing to take culture seriously in Sweden, she says.