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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

No news is good news

The saying goes that no news is good news, so judging by the Swedish press things in Iraq must be getting on swimmingly after the election. They usually rush any Iraq news to press, the usual meaningless things like "one of the bloodiest days" appear every week. But strange silence has descended over the past few days. There certainly aren't any blue-fingered voter pictures like there were after Afghanistan.

From Dagens Nyheter, the largest and most respected daily, this is the sum total of Iraq election reportage since the election:
Iraq: suspected voting fraud
Irak: Misstänkt valfusk

Yes, one negative article two whole days ago. Göteborgs Posten, another large daily, has two articles also two and three days old. They were mildly spun towards Bush's declining popularity at home, which obviously affects Sunni voting patterns.

Tellingly, even the tabloids haven't had any Iraq news since the election at all, apart from a mention today of Saddam going to trial.

The only vaguely positive things I could find was an article in a Stockholm newspaper and an editorial in Göteborgs Posten, both on the 17th.

Swedish readers must be wondering what happened to the civil war and the hell-in-a-handbasket reporting of their usual rags.

Posted by Chefen | 10/19/2005 08:51:00 PM

2 Comments:

Blogger belbo said...

I for one am a bit dumbfounded at the lack of news in general about the election. In this case you are probably right: no news IS good news, but even good news is surely news worthy here. What is the feeling on the ground in Iraq? Are people optimistic? What reasons for the blessed lack of violence around the election? How are the sunni's taking it? How are the Shia's further solidifying there rising power? There are so many angles to cover and I haven;t seen squat in a mainstream newspaper.

10/19/2005 09:33:00 PM  
Blogger JamesP said...

Not only that but the start of the trial against Saddam didn't even rate a mention on One News even though it has been the CNN lead story for today.

10/19/2005 10:02:00 PM  

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