Kjetil Rolness og Hege Storhaug i debatt. NTB scanpix

Kjetil Rolness has read an opinion on Resett and claims that the Norwegian established press has to intensify security in their buildings, as the opinions on Resett create «journalist phobia».

– Islamophobia? No; JOURNALIST PHOBIA. This is the illness now developing in alternative medias like Resett. Must not be confused with media criticism. I visited the building housing the Norwegian newspapers Verdens Gang and Aftenposten the other day. Security precautions were elaborate. I now understand better why, Rolness writes and links it to an article in Resett.


Apparently, Rolness thinks that Verdens Gang and Aftenposten must put security precautions into effect due to the critique present in the articles in Resett.

A journalist in the comments on Rolness points to the fact that security precautions were already in placein the wake of 22 July 2011 because Breivik targeted Aftenposten.

Nor has Rolness perceived the fact that the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked by extreme Islamists in January, 2015. Twelve people working for the magazine were killed and security was intensified in Norway as a result of this terror attack.


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Helge Lurås remarks to Resett that in this case, Rolness unintentionally becomes a spokesman for a society characterised by ever less freedom of speech, because one is to be held responsible for the inspiration one might at a later time hypothetically provide through one’s contributions.

Arbeiderpartiet (The Norwegian Labour Party) ventures the same in the wake of 22 July by stating that to criticise them may create hatred and prove dangerous. Thor Gjermund Eriksen complained similarly on behalf of journalists when I had critcised the host, Sigrid Sollund, and now it is Rolness trying to protect the mass media against critique by assuming that critique leads to hatred, which may again propagate violence.

According to Lurås, this will hardly be the last time Rolness aborts facts in his eagerness to blame Resett for things he dislikes; however, he should do it in a more clever way next time.

Resett was launched as late as in August, 2017; security precations in the media were in place during 2011–2015, a few even as long ago as in the wake of the terror actions on 11 September, 2001. To blame us in this case becomes, to put it mildly, misleading from Rolness, Lurås concludes.

Translated to English by Lars Hoem

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