Gyllene Tider

‘Syd’ takes action against Expressen

HALMSTAD – Micke ‘Syd’ Andersson reports Swedish tabloid newspaper Expressen to the Press Ombudsman. ‘Syd’ says to Göteborgsposten that Expressen incorrectly reported that Gyllene Tider had broken up since Per Gessle wasn’t invited to his wedding. Micke feels Expressen used this to fabricate the information. The wedding was a private party.

  As far as Micke is concerned Expressen hasn’t treated him with the respect he himself has for media and he hopes that filing the charges will lead to a discussion about the newspaper’s methods. “After all these years I’m quite hardened in regard to what media does. But I just don’t take any more crap. To intrude upon our private gathering and using my mother and our friends are to cross the line way too far,” Micke says in a statement published on the journalists’ own site

  Per Gessle himself wasn’t too happy about Expressen’s article either. We published his statement earlier. “When Per is confronted with the ‘facts’ that he is not welcome at our wedding, of course he replies something cold and just enough sarcastic. How else is he supposed to react? Who wouldn’t think a situation like that is uncomfortable,” Micke comments.

  The Press Ombudsman has this about the complaint process:

When a complaint is filed, PO’s task is to ascertain whether it can be dealt with by a factual correction or a reply from the affected person published in the newspaper concerned. PO may contact the newspaper for this purpose. If the matter cannot be settled in this way, the Press Ombudsman may undertake an inquiry if he suspects that the rules of good journalistic practice have been violated. He will then ask the newspaper’s editor-in-chief to answer to the allegations of the complainant. That person will in his turn be offered the opportunity to comment on the newspaper’s reply. Complaints must as a rule be filed within three months of the original publication.

This article was written for an earlier version of The Daily Roxette.
Technical errors may occur.

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August 16th, 2005

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