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Politicians blame Norwegian media for anti-Israel feeling. Widespread anti-Israel sentiments amongst Norway’s population are the fault of one-sided media coverage, according to Opposition politicians. “It is fair to say the Middle East is one of the more emotional debates in Norway, making it more polarized than the others. I believe there has been a shift in favour of the Palestinian people by the Norwegian media over the last few years, with hardly any critical analysis,” Hans Olav Syversen MP, the Christian Democratic Party’s (KrF) leader for Israel’s Friends in Parliament, tells The Foreigner. Morten Høglund MP, foreign policy spokesperson for the Progress Party (FrP), is of a similar opinion.

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Politicians blame Norwegian media for anti-Israel feeling

Published on Monday, 7th February, 2011 at 13:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 7th February 2011 at 21:21.

Widespread anti-Israel sentiments amongst Norway’s population are the fault of one-sided media coverage, according to Opposition politicians.

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“It is fair to say the Middle East is one of the more emotional debates in Norway, making it more polarized than the others. I believe there has been a shift in favour of the Palestinian people by the Norwegian media over the last few years, with hardly any critical analysis,” Hans Olav Syversen MP, the Christian Democratic Party’s (KrF) leader for Israel’s Friends in Parliament, tells The Foreigner.

Morten Høglund MP, foreign policy spokesperson for the Progress Party (FrP), is of a similar opinion.

“Norwegian media coverage is quite biased against Israel, and they are a little like sheep in a way. Independent thinking is not common on this issue. It makes it quite difficult to be a friend of Israel. There is a lot of anger and hatred, which creates higher tension on this issue than most other foreign policy debates.”

This has wider ramifications, according to Mr Høglund. On Friday, five major Norwegian PR companies refused to take Israel on as client in its campaign to improve its image worldwide.

“In turn, biased media coverage influences public opinion and the business community.”

Whilst companies are free to choose who they wish to take on as a client, he finds the decision “regrettable”.

Mr Syversen believes the PR companies have lost some of their objectivity.

“I haven’t seen much discussion from PR firms when they represent other customers. They normally maintain an independent ground and do not get involved. I find it interesting to see how particular they are being about even a possible client. It tells you something about the climate here.”



Published on Monday, 7th February, 2011 at 13:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 7th February 2011 at 21:21.

This post has the following tags: israel, mortenhoeglund, hanslolavsyversen.





  
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