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ISSN: 2183-2439

Commentary | Open Access

Local Journalism With State Support

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Abstract:  In Sweden, the system of press subsidies was expanded in 2019 to give special support for “weakly covered areas.” This new support has had positive effects, but changes in the system also introduced new demands on the content concerning democratic values etc. If state support should be used for saving local journalism, how far can state influence on the content be acceptable for independent local media? The commentary describes the system of support and discusses this crucial question.

Keywords:  local journalism; news deserts; political influence; press subsidies; state support; Sweden



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