last Saturday, took the moderate party in Stockholm county, the decision to implement ”a proper analysis of the public service”. The conservatives youth wing of the youth league had called for an extension of the proposal before the länsförbundsstämman: that the Conservatives must work to public service in the future shall be closed.
the Proposal was voted for by 109 votes to 77 votes against.
decided a heavy districts, Moderates in the Western Region, that they want to minimize or completely eliminate the new public service tax, the compulsory tax which replaced licensavgiftens the financing of the public service.
Minister for foreign affairs Margot Wallström (S) calling both decisions ”ominous” and ”irresponsible”.
" I am very concerned about the developments in the Moderates, if they can't stand up and defend the public service. It's a phenomenon we've seen in Denmark and in Hungary and in a number of other countries where the public service is attacked. It is a bad omen. For me it is absolutely indispensable to have public service in order to be able to get a well-informed debate in a democratic society.
the proposals should be debated despite the fact that the Conservatives not pushed the issue to put down the public service on a national level.
– There are two major länsförbund and youth have a clear view on this. From a democratic perspective, it is irresponsible to come to like this proposal, " says Margot Wallström (S).
in the county of Stockholm said that the background to the decision is primarily a matter of creating greater competition among the media. Erik Ottoson, second vice-chairman of the moderate party in Stockholm county, says he voted for the proposal.
" I think the proposal is good and I personally voted for. We have a state actor that is tax-funded and who gets a strong position and pushes out the other. It becomes a distortion and a dysfunctional market where other reputable journalistic initiatives do not get the same conditions to compete freely. It is well that we want to get, " says Erik Ottoson (M).
not discuss which support the decision may have national, and says that there is still much left to unravel about how a closure of the public service to go to.
Stockholm is the Conservatives in the heaviest district in the elections of 2018 got it just over 26 per cent of the votes in the county.
– There are many different views in a large batch. But from us, the message is clear, that we want to abolish the public service in the future. I think we will have an exciting debate on the partistämman. If we win the debate, we'll see.
says you can't ”draw an equal sign between the public service and freedom of the media” and is critical to the Wallström Hungary-comparison.
" I think it is strong an overstatement when talking about from the minister. In Hungary for example has exactly what we want to prevent, a direction for the country that go into and affect and oppress free speech. If we had an Orbán-the person who sat in the government of Sweden, which threatened to withdraw funding if they reported any inconvenient. You will see this proposal for what it is, it is a constructive proposal for not being in a seat where we have a large state media that is trumpeting out their proposals approved by the government, " says Erik Ottosson (M).
Lotta Finstorp, Research in cultural policy spokesperson and vice-chairman of the culture committee. Her press secretary refers to an e-mail Lotta Finstorp wrote to DN earlier on Monday: ”We have no such proposal nationally in the day. It is decisions taken at the local förbundsstämmor. On partistämman in the fall, we then discuss this, as we do with a range of other issues.”