During a recent interview with the BBC, the minister said: “When we make surveys about if any woman has been… if there has been a rape towards her or sexual harassment, we can see that the level is going down, and going down and going down”. However, this isn’t the case. The latest stats actually show a 13 percent increase in reported sex crimes in Sweden in 2016, and a general increase over the last ten years (more on this later).
Swedish social media users – including MPs, economists, and criminologists – flocked to Twitter to point out the minister’s mistake following her TV appearance. The Moderate party’s labour policy spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson was among those to criticize Johansson. “We don’t need more fake news,” she wrote on Twitter, calling for the minister to explain herself.
This is embarrassing. Matt Christensen demolishes this “didn’t applaud” nonsense.
This is why it’s important to temper the hyperventilating.
President Trump’s statements about Sweden, based on a report on his favourite TV-channel Fox News, continue to drive the debate about the country in the United States. Sweden is portrayed as a nation plagued by crime and rape, in large part due to immigration.
This Friday the matter was the focus of debate during the conservative Fox-presenter Bill O’Reilly’s show, where Nils Bildt confirmed Donald Trump’s negative view of Sweden. Nils Bildt was introduced by Fox as a ”Swedish defense and national security advisor”, which has caused more than a few raised eyebrows.
Marie Pisäter at the Swedish Defense Ministry says that no-one called Nils Bildt works there. ”We have no spokesman by that name”, she said. The Foreign Office also denies that he works there. ”We do not know who he is.”
Not that this surprises me; there’s never a left-wing cause that Apple won’t join in on.
Fake news is “killing people’s minds”, Tim Cook, the head of Apple, has said. The technology boss said firms such as his own needed to create tools that would help stem the spread of falsehoods, without impinging on freedom of speech.
On Sunday, WikiLeaks announced that they’d really like it if somebody, anybody, sends them President Donald Trump’s tax returns.