New paper to report on stories mainstream media won’t
September 25, 2012 | Joanne Hill - Correspondent
Journalists Ingrid Carlqvist of Sweden and Lars Hedegaard of Denmark have teamed up to publish a newspaper called Dispatch International, which plans to cover the stories that other media refuse to cover. (Photo: Joanne Hill)
TORONTO – TORONTO – Two seasoned journalists – one in Sweden and one in Denmark – have started a newspaper to report on stories they say the mainstream media refuse to write.
Lars Hedegaard, founder of the Danish Free Press Society and Ingrid Carlqvist, a writer who lives in Malmo, Sweden, visited Toronto recently to spread the news about their initiative, Dispatch International.
“We’re going to cover every topic that is not covered by anybody else and that means most of what is going on in the world,” said Hedegaard. “I mean, 80 per cent of reality is absolutely not covered by the press, so this is what we’ll do.”
Reporters in Denmark and Sweden have become “preachers, agitators, ideologues.... It is no longer the objective of journalists to present the truth or to investigate: it is to convince, to mould the public, to brainwash them and, if need be, to hide the facts that would be counterproductive to their cause,” added Hedegaard.
Dispatch International was launched online in August in English, Danish, Swedish and German and it may be read at no charge until the end of 2012. Its founders expect to begin publishing weekly editions in January; initially, print versions will only be sold in Sweden and Denmark. At that time, both the online and print issues will be available at a low subscription fee at dispatch-international.com.
The last time Hedegaard was in Toronto, the historian and author was facing charges of racism and hate speech (see Heavy security the price of free speech, Swedish artist, Danish historian find, Jewish Tribune, Oct. 27, 2010).
Hedegaard endured three trials and his case went all the way to the Danish Supreme Court, where he received a unanimous acquittal in April of this year, he said.
Media coverage of antisemitic hate crimes in Malmo is indicative of the deplorable state of journalism there, Carlqvist said, adding that she intends to leave the town as soon as she can.
Local journalists have dubbed the Malmo street where the synagogue stands “the street of hatred,” she said, “because no other street in Sweden has so many reported hate crimes. All the newspapers [and] all the TV stations report about it but they leave their viewers and readers in total despair because they don’t know who’s doing this, what’s happening [or] why it’s happening.
“I, as a journalist, feel that you have to tell people and make the situation understandable. The Swedish journalists don’t; they just write about this as if it was something that can’t be stopped and nobody knows who’s doing it... It’s nearly 100 per cent done by Muslim youths. The synagogue has told journalists who is doing this but they refuse to write it.”
She concluded, “Swedish journalists and politicians are part of the crime committed against the Jewish people because they won’t address the problem.”