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The picture that is being spread by Sweden – a battlefield
"The picture that is being spread by Sweden – a battlefield"

"Is Malmö våldtäkternas the capital of Europe? It asks the british BBC."

"the Image of Sweden has changed, and suddenly the reports of foreign media about how it burns in the south seas."

"– There is an extensive smear campaign, " says Chloe Colliver at the Institute for strategic dialogue (ISD) in the Uk."

"the Image of Sweden in the foreign media have changed radically, claiming Colliver, who works as an analyst at ISD. Think tank examines the dissemination of information in connection with elections, and according to her going on a massive smear campaign."

"– the First time that we noticed it was during the German elections of last year, when misleading or false stories about Sweden was used to support right-wing, " says Colliver."

"– most of It was about the migration, that it in Sweden are no-go zones and sharia law."

"Now come across ISD continuously on the story about Sweden and how it is used as an argument against immigration in both Europe and the united states."

"– Man trying to tear down the image of Sweden as a liberal utopia and replace it with the image of an unstable state, flooded by immigrants who islamiserar the country."

"Used in arguments against immigration"

"Paul Rapacioli is The founder of The Local that produces Swedish news in English. Webbtidningens articles are picked often up by the international news media, but a few years ago began to more kinds of mediesajter interest."

"– We're talking about Fox News, Daily Mail and so on that seemed to have a different agenda, and who used our texts in a completely different order, " says Rapacioli."

"the Rapes, shootings and bilbränder suddenly got wide spread and it occurred in Sweden appeared to be particularly interesting. The Local driver more corresponding online newspapers in nine other european countries, but the texts from there it was up in the same way."

"– In the u.s. Breitbart, it was almost ten times more articles about Sweden than Denmark, " says Rapacioli."

"Rapacioli mean that there is a värderingskrig where Sweden – known for its openness, feminism and tolerance – is the perfect target. To lie or twist the truth is also quite simple when the knowledge about the Sweden international is fairly narrow."

"– if you Want to prove that progressive values don't work, then you have to be able to show that Sweden goes to hell. Sweden is the standard-bearer and everyone knows that if you shed fanbäraren so you win half the war."

"When Rapacioli tried to pay attention to desinformationsspridningen of Sweden there were not many that listened first when Donald Trump mentioned Sweden as a shocking example, in a speech in February 2017 it came to the swedes' knowledge, he claims."

"The New York Times notes in a longer opinionstext just before the Swedish election to the sweden democrats' success was caused by the politicians ' inability to realize the alleged massinvandringens consequences."

"– It was so exaggerated. In a way it is true, but it is much more complicated than that. It shows that the message has actually reached the mainstream media, " says Rapacioli."

"But what is it that spreads the image? During the German elections, could many of the articles attributed to the Russian state propagandakanalen Sputnik Deutschland, explains Colliver on ISD."

"the Kremlin-backed Sputnik and Russia Today in English, French and German was also behind many of the articles that ISD tracked on behalf of the Authority for civil contingencies agency (MSB) in conjunction with the Swedish choice. Together with the so-called alt-right movements, various factions of the extreme right wing, in the united states, the united kingdom, France, Germany, Poland and Hungary."

" I think there are two purposes. And so there is a domestic interest in the Russia of to describe western society as weak, because it makes the Russian look better, " says Colliver."

"– on the one hand, you want to reinforce and strengthen the existing fissures in Europe which undermine the social interaction to their advantage."

"Even Colliver was amazed at the foreign media coverage of the Swedish election, which she says was exaggerated and simplified. There, on the other hand, is a part of the journalistic nature."

"– But when it comes to the alt-right movement, and the Kremlin so it's clearly not just that they want to have a story to tell. Their main purpose is to change people's view of Sweden."

"She believes that smutskastningskampanjen of Sweden in some of the media will continue to reach out to new audiences, but most probably not yet been exposed, why the image of Sweden as a liberal progressive democracy still is relatively stable."

"It is confirmed by Jacob Stenberg, analyst at the Swedish institute."

"– You can definitely say that the media impression has changed, but the media impression is not a universal picture and not correspond to the public perception at large, " he says."

"– Even if traditional media takes this up with the migration to a greater extent, so it is just a part of a very large informationsbrus."

"the Authority for civil contingencies agency (MSB) commissioned a report by the think tank Institute for strategic dialogue (ISD) in the Uk in order to examine the possible informationspåverkan of the Swedish general election in september."

"ISD came to the conclusion that the Swedish general election were not exposed to any direct påverkansförsök but it is an extensive smear campaign directed against Sweden, which are of a more long-term in nature."

"Desinformationen, aiming to weaken Sweden's reputation, spread in particular by the right-wing networks in the united states, the united kingdom, France, Germany, Poland and Hungary. But the campaign is promoted and supported continuously by the Kremlin-funded media in different languages."

"Source: Swedish civil contingencies Agency (MSB), the Institute for strategic dialogue (ISD)"

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