Swedish TV4 suspended on Twitter

Two weeks ago, Spotify which is one of the most followed Swedish brands on Twitter, were suspended on Twitter for two days without any further information. In a comment to my blog post a representative from Spotify said it was due to technical reasons at Twitter.

Today I noticed that TV4, the largest Swedish tv channel, have also been suspended on Twitter. According to some recent data I have saved, TV4 have some 1,200 followers on Twitter.

The suspended account is @tv4se

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TV4 buys political blog

Swedish TV4 recruits the former Expressen journalist Niklas Svensson and buys his new political blog Politikerbloggen for an estimated 1 million kronor (about 108,000 euro).

The site has 20,000 visitors per week, according to Svensson and has sold advertising space since May for 450,000 kronor. The blog has quickly established itself as a political force to be reckoned with and it is currently the fifth most linked to Swedish blog according to Bloggportalen.se.

Politikerbloggen has been quoted with several scoops in traditional media, but not very often by TV4 – only once (online that is). Dagens Media (29), Expressen (23), Resumé (21), Aftonbladet (15) and Metro (15) are the media that most frequently mention Politikerbloggen.

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Freedom, what freedom?

Speaking of press freedom, the Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Aidan White, recently said that Belgium’s poor legal protection for journalists makes it “quite inappropriate” for it to host the EU institutions.

“It seems to me”, he said, “that for Belgium to be one of the worst countries in terms of legal protection at national level for protection of sources makes it quite inappropriate to be the centre of the European Union political institutions which are responsible for the legal and economic administration of a region of 25 countries”.

His comment was sparked by the fact that Hans-Martin Tillack – a correspondent for Stern – was arrested at his home on Friday 19 March and taken to his office where computer equipment, mobile phones and files were seized.

Back home in Sweden, Jan Scherman, the Managing Director of Sweden’s largest TV channel TV4 yesterday answered questions by the Committee on the Constitution regarding allegations that the Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson in September 2002 threatened him. It was during the final weeks of the election campaign that Persson supposedly called Scherman to a meeting and threatened him with what would happen if TV4 did not change its “heavy investment” in a victory for the right wing parties.