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‘Narrow coverage of Breivik trial impossible’, says university professor. VIDEO: As Norway still soaks in the unprecedented nature of the ongoing Anders Behring Breivik trial, Professor Helge Rønning of the University of Oslo evaluates the role of the media so far and tells The Foreigner why he believes an "open trial" is necessary. "There has been a large degree of respect and proper ability to explain what has been happening," he said.  The Department of Media and Communication professor added, "I feel it is so important that the coverage has shown a great degree of formal and correct procedures in relation to this very traumatic event.” 

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‘Narrow coverage of Breivik trial impossible’, says university professor

Published on Tuesday, 15th May, 2012 at 13:43 under the news category, by Geetika Nautiyal.

VIDEO: As Norway still soaks in the unprecedented nature of the ongoing Anders Behring Breivik trial, Professor Helge Rønning of the University of Oslo evaluates the role of the media so far and tells The Foreigner why he believes an "open trial" is necessary.

Oslo District Courthouse
Oslo District Courthouse
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"There has been a large degree of respect and proper ability to explain what has been happening," he said. 

The Department of Media and Communication professor added, "I feel it is so important that the coverage has shown a great degree of formal and correct procedures in relation to this very traumatic event.” 

While one and all would agree that the media has been both sensitive and responsible in covering the trial, the extent to which it is being covered is often a subject of debate. 

"It is impossible not to have a very wide coverage of this trial because of its traumatic nature," the Professor feels. "People always have the option of turning the coverage off.” 

He further explained, "I personally feel that it would have been more in keeping with the democratic principles of an open trial if all of it would have been transmitted on TV and radio, but the decision of the court was not to allow this." 

When The Foreigner asked the Professor to evaluate the coverage of the trial by the Norwegian and the foreign media, he said that he did not see "much of a difference". However, he did feel that there was "a certain degree of ‘insidedness’ in the way the Norwegian press is covering it".

"They don't have to explain everything. While the way that the foreign press has been covering it, there is a certain degree of having to explain what is really the background to this to the readers." 

The issue of the trial being a sort of a platform for Breivik to present or even propagate his ideology through is a contentious one. When asked about his views, the Professor stated, "The purpose of this trial is to reach some sort of an understanding or enlightenment on how such a thing could happen. You can’t reach that understanding without giving him the opportunity to express his views as he has been doing." 

He was also asked if the twin terror attacks of 22nd July 2011 and the process of trial per se is going to affect the public at large and their views about issues such as immigration, the very core of Breivik’s hate ideology.

"My opinion is that the way that the Norwegian public, politicians as also the judicial system have been reacting to this is with great dignity and that has been maintained through this trial.”

“Moreover, if there is anything that comes out of this trial is that the Norwegian public has been able to show such dignity at this terrible and traumatic experience," concluded Professor Rønning.


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Published on Tuesday, 15th May, 2012 at 13:43 under the news category, by Geetika Nautiyal.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, breiviktrialoslo, mediacoveragebreiviktrial.





  
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