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Swedish press most left-wing biased in Europe, report

Publicerad: 08 February 2016, kl. 10:19

Swedish press is the most left-wing in Europe, according to a new report by YouGov.

Adam Jönsson

The study, which includes seven European countries, shows respondents perceiving Swedish media to lean left in all of the five categories.

Swedish press has the most left-wing bias when it comes to immigration, according to the study. Crime reporting is coming in at second place, followed by housing, economics and health.

The debate over Swedish journalists’ political sympathies have been heated for several years and perhaps even more so during the past year’s refugee situation.

According to a 2012 study by JMG, Swedish journalists are left-leaning. The Green Party and Left Wing Party reached 41 and 15 per cent respectively in support. From the public at large, the parties only reached 12 and five per cent respectively.

The study found it inconclusive, however, how, and if, the political sympathies were reflected in the journalists’ exercise of the profession.

France is the only country coming close to be perceived as left-wing as Swedish press in coverage of housing and health issues.

Both Germany and France are perceived as countries where the press is leaning towards the left in all categories.

Britain and Finland have the most right-wing press, according to the YouGov study.

Norwegian press is leaning right on economics and housing and left in the other categories.

YouGov does not provide any data on how many people were interviewed for this study and how.

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