The Progress Party assiciated with Anders Behring Breivik

Research by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on how the election was covered by foreign media shows that press from 12 countries connect the Norwegian Progress Party to Anders Behring Breivik .

 

The report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs documents that the when the Progress Party (FrP) has been presented in foreign media it is almost exclusively in connection with former party member Anders Behring Breivik, Dagbladet reports.

In certain cases the media indirectly create the impression that the Progress Party shares similar views to the terrorist, the ministry explains.

The report has looked at press coverage in 19 so-called "focus countries," 12 of which connect the Progress Party to Breivik in their publications.

The Progress Party is not pleased with the press coverage. "It is uncomfortable to be described as something one is not," says deputy leader of the party, Ketil Solvik-Olsen to TV2.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth-Eide, also expresses his concern about how Norway's political situation is being portrayed in the international media.

"It is unfortunate that an impression of Norway as a country that is about to enter a certain political path associated with other extremist parties in Europe is being developed," he tells TV2.

The Progress Party has invited the international press to a press conference in Oslo on Monday, ith the aim to present the party's politics and answer questions about its political aims.

(NTB/TV2)

Julie Ryland

 

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