Reduced Press Support Stirs Censorship Debate in Norway

Yesterday,  the governing parties – Conservatives and FRP have started negotiations with the Liberals and Christian Democrats on the proposed state budget. They are scheduled to finish the negotiation on Thursday with a joint budget proposal, then they can present it to the Finance Committee on Friday.

One of the hottest issues in the proposal is the cut to the press support by 50 million NOK.  The proposal already initiated a polemic on freedom of speech in the country.

According to Dagsavisen, former environment minister Bård Vegard Solhjell claimed that the government is systematically cutting funding to organizations they disagree, while in many cases they increase funding to organizations they agree with.

However, Christian Democrats Party (KrF) politician Geir Bekkevold disagree with Solhjell. He said the government does not try to punish organizations and expressions of opinion they do not like.

– KrF is clear about press support. We will work with the government to see if we can have a chance to lift it up again, says Bekkevold.

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