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Ex UK press secretary praises Norway Breivik approach. Alastair Campbell, former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spin-doctor, says the handling of Anders Behring Breivik’s trial is admirable. In his recent blog post, Alastair Campbell supports the way in which both politicians and media outlets there have reacted to the July 22 massacre. Campbell was also impressed by what he saw on the first day of the trial, Monday. “It certainly sounded odd to a British ear to hear that at the start of proceedings Breivik shook hands with the judge, the prosecutor and others involved,” Campbell said.

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Ex UK press secretary praises Norway Breivik approach

Published on Wednesday, 18th April, 2012 at 08:53 under the news category, by John Price   .

Alastair Campbell, former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spin-doctor, says the handling of Anders Behring Breivik’s trial is admirable.

Alastair Campbell
Alastair Campbell
Photo: Norwegian Labour Party


In his recent blog post, Alastair Campbell supports the way in which both politicians and media outlets there have reacted to the July 22 massacre.

Campbell was also impressed by what he saw on the first day of the trial, Monday. “It certainly sounded odd to a British ear to hear that at the start of proceedings Breivik shook hands with the judge, the prosecutor and others involved,” Campbell said.

Moreover, he emphasised his impressions by discussing how Norway’s Labour youth movement’s (AUF) leader Eskil Pedersen queued up to be admitted into the High Court with “not a security man in sight."

“Again, it was emphasised that it was the overwhelming desire of the Norwegian people, including those directly affected, not to let this massacre and the trial lead to a change in their way of life.”

The former press secretary concluded by comparing the British and Norwegian coverage in the wake to the massacre last summer. He alleges he received an email from a student saying The Sun immediately assumed it was Al-Qaeda who orchestrated the attacks. They headlined “Norway’s 9/11” with a tagline “Al-Qaeda massacre”. 

Once reports surfaced that it was Breivik, the paper dropped the Islamic extremist angle, however, writing instead “fears that he was a home grown Al-Qaeda convert”.

“I have sensed something of a tension between radio hosts in the UK pushing the buttons designed to get interviewees to convey emotion, anger and fury and the usual stuff of the phone-in, and Norwegian guests being rather wonderfully matter of fact and calm about the whole thing,” Campbell added.



Published on Wednesday, 18th April, 2012 at 08:53 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: alastaircampbell, breiviktrialoslo.





  
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