Sweden17 September 2002
Two journalists chased by neo-Nazis
Reporters Without Borders today condemned the harassment of two Swedish journalists investigating neo-Nazi activities and called on the authorities to take action.
Documentary filmmaker Bjoern Lockstroem and Olof Abrahamsson, a photographer with the newspaper Kvals Posten, were covering municipal elections in the southern town of Karlskrona where candidates of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Front were standing. As they were parked near a group of neo-Nazis on 15 September, Lockstroem was recognised and the journalists were chased through the town by neo-Nazis in six cars. They managed to escape.
"Lockstroem has been threatened several times before in his reporting of illegal neo-Nazi activities," said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. "They know him and he takes a risk every time he covers their activities. We urge the authorities to be more vigilant about neo-Nazi threats against the media."
Five neo-Nazis smashed the windows of Lockstroem’s house in Motala (245 km southwest of Stockholm) on 19 May. The attackers were arrested soon afterwards at a roadblock carrying clubs and teargas grenades.