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Still positive to Obama. Aftenposten continues support of Nobel committee despite controversy. Although Aftenposten remained positive towards the Nobel committee’s decision, one of their Saturday editorials was devoted to what they saw as internal divisions.Unusual Using Thursday’s 3-page article in VG as their starting point, the paper wrote that it the committee’s debate about their choice of Obama as prize-winner came as no surprise. It was what happened after the details were announced that caused a bit of a stir.

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Still positive to Obama

Published on Monday, 19th October, 2009 at 11:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Aftenposten continues support of Nobel committee despite controversy.

Committee room of Nobel Committee
Committee room of Nobel Committee
Photo: Hans A. Rosbach/Wikimedia Commons


Although Aftenposten remained positive towards the Nobel committee’s decision, one of their Saturday editorials was devoted to what they saw as internal divisions.

Unusual

Using Thursday’s 3-page article in VG as their starting point, the paper wrote that it the committee’s debate about their choice of Obama as prize-winner came as no surprise. It was what happened after the details were announced that caused a bit of a stir.

Aftenposten found it very unusual that several of its members allowed themselves to be interviewed about their decision.

Giving Inger-Marie Ytterhorn’s interview by Associated Press (AP) as an example, the paper claimed that speculation about unity is only natural after she had shared her personal reservations with one of the world’s biggest news agencies.

Attack

Aftenposten also noticed that controversy around this year’s award has been misused as an opportunity to commit a delayed character assassination against political opponents, and refers to Alexander Downer’s – the former Foreign Minister of Australia – verbal assault on Thorbjørn Jagland.

Downer has recently criticised Jagland for his handling of the 2001 Tampa affair – where the Norwegian vessel picked up 438 stricken Afghans off the coast of Australia, causing a diplomatic incident and putting the country in a bad light – calling him a fool, and attacking his honour.

The paper concludes by supporting this year’s choice of prize-winner and welcomes a debate about the award, but without the vendettas.



Published on Monday, 19th October, 2009 at 11:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegian, nobel, committee, divisions, unity, obama, peace, prize, support, interview, thorbjoern, jagland.





  
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