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Tough-talking journalist starts top government job. Paper Nordlys’ former chief editor Hans Kristian Amundsen has never been reticent to criticise Norway’s Prime Minister. Today, he starts his job as Jens Stoltenberg’s Deputy Minister. Having accused him in the past for being “out of contact with the nation’s pulse”, “arrogant”, “lacking respect for Parliament”, and “almost weak”, Mr Amundsen is to transform his newspaper words into political ones. “I emphasized speaking up on behalf of Northern Norway when I was editor of Nordlys. I am now a politician, and loyal to the government’s political programme,” he tells Aftenposten.

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Tough-talking journalist starts top government job

Published on Monday, 9th May, 2011 at 08:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Paper Nordlys’ former chief editor Hans Kristian Amundsen has never been reticent to criticise Norway’s Prime Minister. Today, he starts his job as Jens Stoltenberg’s Deputy Minister.

Hans Kristian Amundsen
Hans Kristian Amundsen
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Having accused him in the past for being “out of contact with the nation’s pulse”, “arrogant”, “lacking respect for Parliament”, and “almost weak”, Mr Amundsen is to transform his newspaper words into political ones.

“I emphasized speaking up on behalf of Northern Norway when I was editor of Nordlys. I am now a politician, and loyal to the government’s political programme,” he tells Aftenposten.

Arne Strand, Dagsavisen’s former editor-in-chief, who is also now walking the political floors instead of trying to floor government officials, believes his colleague will face uncomfortable reminders about his past words.

The Prime Minister is, nevertheless, unperturbed, telling Nordlys in January that, “I disagreed with his frequent criticism of the Labour Party (Ap) on every occasion, but that is over now.”

Mr Amundsen resigned his editorial post at the beginning of this year.



Published on Monday, 9th May, 2011 at 08:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: jensstoltenberg, hanskristianamundsen, nordlys.





  
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