Swedish media calls for action against attacks from Chinese officials

Swedish media calls for action against attacks from Chinese officials

Sweden’s leading newspapers and broadcasters have together called on their government to take stronger action against China for its “unacceptable” repeated attacks on the country’s media, which have included visa bans and threats, The Guardian reports.

In a strongly worded statement, Utgivarna, which represents Sweden’s private and public sector media, complained that journalists had been put under intense pressure by Chinese government representatives.

“Time and again, China’s ambassador Gui Congyou has tried to undermine the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression under the Swedish constitution with false statements and threats,” the statement read.

It said journalists had been denied visas, while editors received a near-constant stream of threatening and critical emails and phone calls.

“It is unacceptable that the world’s largest dictatorship is trying to prevent free and independent journalism in a democracy like Sweden. These repeated attacks must cease immediately,” the statement said.

It said the government should raise the issue at EU level and together with other member states “strongly protest” over the attacks on press freedom.

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