Summer season lull has set in, with press mainly being busy with summing up the Oslo/Utøya terror trial, and otherwise bringing us weather forecasts, football and the latest news on a certain Norwegian recent convert to Islam who eagerly awaits orders from Al-Qaida to blow us all up
Below follows some short summaries of editorials and main stories over the weekend:
Editorials 2012 06 23
Aftenposten writes on policies on drugs, stating the government has not created any new policies to ease the lives of those addicted to heavy drugs.
Their second editorial is on the choice of a new leader of the UDI; the directorate of foreigners, praising the choice of an experienced bureaucrat.
Verdens Gang is on the right wing in general, and Erna Solberg in particular, describing the right wing in politics as prospering, recommending the Conservatives and the Progressives negotiate a platform for a government after the 2013 elections, in the event of a right wing election victory.
Dagbladet writes on the Anders Behring Breivik trial; describing the trial as “a dignified process”.
Their second editorial is on violence against prostitutes (see under) pointing out to violence against prostitutes not “necessarily being due to failed legislation”, demanding the police increase their efforts to prevent this phenomenon.
Dagsavisen writes on prostitution, criticizing a recently released report on violence against prostitutes, being on the rise, due to those responsible of the report not sharing the political opinions of the newspaper. (See this link for background)
Vårt Land writes on the Rio conference, describing it as a process that has been standing still through 20 years.
Editorials 2012 06 24
Aftenposten is on the recess in the Anders Behring Breivik trial; all witnesses having deposited their statements, wishing for those afflicted by his acts to receive support by their communities.
Their second editorial is on the use of drones (UAVs) in modern warfare, raising questions about their use, pointing to them being employed in countries not formally at war with the USA, and also the collateral damage and the targeting of innocent civilians as well.
Verdens Gang writes on Danish politics, with the present left wing government dropping in polls, and being forced to enter in cooperation with the right wing opposition over taxes.
Dagbladet writes on drugs, pointing to the shocking numbers of deaths due to overdoses of heroin among addicts; supporting the stance of the government on early intervention among those in risk of addiction.
Their second editorial is on the sales of electricity overseas, obviously written by Marthe Michelet, referring to the “working class” and being anything but lucid.
Editorials 2012 06 25
Aftenposten is on poverty hitting the young and children, pointing to 74 000 children being in this group according to recently published statistic.
Their second editorial is on prostitution, pointing to legislation introduced in 2009 having the opposite effect of what was intended; nevertheless, the government claim this legislation being successful.. The newspaper recommends repeal of this legislation, as well at targeted measures directed at the prostitutes themselves.
Verdens Gang is on the Egyptian elections, under the headline “The Triumph of the Brotherhood”. The newspaper seems to be ambivalent about Mursi, making these statements:
“The Brotherhood is often accused of speaking with at least two tongues; reasons exist to be critical, pending Mursi, who has used the electoral campaign to point out his “modern” credentials, embracing democracy and the market economy”.
“On yesterday, FM Jonas Gahr Støre congratulated Mursi with his electoral victory; hoping for the election to stabilize and for political cooperation in Egypt. We share this hope, though being somewhat more skeptic than Støre”.
Dagbladet writes on workplace absence due to sickness, actually dropping in later years, though recommending initiatives to decrease absence even further.
Their second editorials is on public health, pointing to difference between immigrants and ethnic Norwegians, particularly among children, with Norwegian children being slimmer. Dagbladet’s solution to this is economic stimulants.
Dagsavisen has difficulties understanding the increase in support to the right wing in Norwegian politics, writing a rather silly smear of Erna Solberg. However, they also admit to the government having to face discontent among the electorate.
Vårt Land writes on the Egyptian presidential election, hoping for a democratic development in the country, even after the election of Mohammed Mursi.
“If the Army sees its mission as enabling a stable transition to democracy, this might be fruitful. An important prerequisite is the Muslim Brotherhood respecting human rights and democracy”.
Headlines and front pages
With the ABB trial in recess, headlines and front pages are reverting to the normal. Egypt is given wide coverage, the situation being described as a “power struggle”. The Turkish airplane downed by Syria has also been given some space this weekend; less have been on the situation in Gaza/Israeli border. Some space is given the internal situation in Syria, being described as a civil war to a greater extent than before.
One letter to the editor discussed the paradox that during the terror trial, only witnesses sticking to the left side of the political divide were treated to an open microphone and full broadcasting, whereas witnesses defining themselves to the right of center, were not given that same “right”:
NOT GIVEN SPACE
Verdens Gang 2012 06 25, p 30
Mauritz Sundt Mortensen, Criminologist, letter to the editors
The Breivik trial has again shown a peculiar trait in the Norwegian political debate. Mainly, extremists are given space, moderate opinions are disappearing. During this trial, so called “right wing extremists” witnesses were attempted to be hidden, while left wing extremist were broadcast. Among those last mentioned are Lars Gule, himself a failed terrorist, who also has dodged the draft and marked himself as attempting to subvert the Constitution by his endeavors to de- Christianize Norway. He now seems to be appointed to a position of chief judge in questions concerning extreme ideology and terrorism. Persons of far superior education to Gule are not given access; moderate opinions are not given space in the newspapers or in the debates in televised programs. This puts a damper on the exchange of opinions in important issues, confuses the popular opinion and is of little credibility.