The Finance Minister made the comments Wednesday after talking about the impact she believes the so-called “fake news” phenomena has had on the recent U.S. presidential election last November. According to Andersson the Swedish government should have a role in determining what counts as truth and her party intends to take a tough stance on the matter Aftonbladet reports.
“This is a huge problem. It risks damaging trust in society and thereby also the Swedish model. It’s about what kind of society we want. We should have a debate based on facts, so that in this way we can make the right decisions,” Andersson told the newspaper. Sweden must be a society where members can trust each other but said that Swedes must be “agreed on basic common facts.”
Andersson said the ruling Social Democrats were looking at creating an “action against the facts of resistance” which would see the government implement policies in schools to teach students how to check sources and fact check on their own. The Swedish school system has been declining overall in the OECD PISA school ranking system for over a decade, largely due to mass migration.
The second step, according to Andersson, is to “ensure free journalism in Sweden” by giving subsidies and allowing the press free space to critique the journalistic work of other writers. She says the government currently has no concrete plans for this.
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