Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen, American in Sweden, is Professor of Journalism at Stockholm University. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrChristensen

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who President Trump announced Thursday would soon be leaving her position as White House press secretary, said that she hoped her legacy would be as a person who was, "transparent and honest throughout that process" and did "everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before." Views
Friday, June 14, 2019
"Not Founded On Anything": The Epitaph for the Sarah Huckabee Sanders Era
At Politico's " Women Rule " event in late 2018, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who President Trump announced Thursday would soon be leaving her position as White House press secretary, said that she hoped her legacy would be as a person who was, "transparent and honest throughout that process" and did "...
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John Cleese at the Byline Festival in England, 2017. Views
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Dear John Cleese: Why Was My White, Nordic Immigrant Family Never Accused of Making England Less English?
In 1979, my family moved from the United States to England. The four of us were born in four different countries, and held three different nationalities: US, Danish, Swedish. I lived in England for close to 15 years, and my parents stayed on until their deaths, with my mother living there for what...
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Friday, May 24, 2019
Assange, Espionage, and the Cult of Personality
The announcement that Julian Assange is being charged by the United States government with violating the Espionage Act should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to WikiLeaks over the past decade. As far back as 2010, the Chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee wrote an...
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Monday, May 20, 2019
From Greta Thunberg to Parkland: Young Activists and the Right-Wing Smear Industry
I recently hit the age of 50, but let me tell you one thing I don’t think as I enter the second half-century of my life: that younger citizens around me are lazy, apathetic, entitled snowflakes, ensconced in cocoons of political correctness. Younger citizens—and, yes, they are citizens even though...
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Friday, May 03, 2019
On World Press Freedom Day, 10 Reasons Why Press Freedom Matters
Today is World Freedom Press Day and it's as good a day as any to be very clear about why this issue remains crucial. Here are ten key reasons: 1. Questioning Power: A truly free and independent press is a fundamental tool for holding those in and with power — be it political, economic or social — ...
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A floral tribute is seen on Linwood Avenue near the Linwood Masjid on March 15, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. 49 people have been confirmed dead and more than 20 are injured following attacks at two mosques in Christchurch. Four people are in custody following shootings at Al Noor mosque on Dean's Road and the Linwood Masjid in Christchurch. Mosques across New Zealand have been closed and police are urging people not to attend Friday prayers as a safety precaution. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 15, 2019
Christchurch: When Simply Being a Muslim Is Your Biggest Crime
The Christchurch terrorists, who earlier today took the lives of nearly 50 people at two mosques, were clearly consumed by both racism and hatred of Muslims. One posted a lengthy “manifesto” on white nationalism before he committed the crime. They spent significant time online, and were perhaps “...
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Friday, February 22, 2019
From Karl Lagerfeld to George H. W. Bush: When Is It "Too Soon" to Criticize the Dead?
The passing of legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has once again raised the question: “When is it too soon to publicly discuss the less-than-positive legacy of a dead person?” To me, the answer depends on a single factor: How much power the person wielded in life. The more powerful the...
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Friday, February 08, 2019
The Right-Wing Press and Violence Against Women: Terrible When Abroad, Ignored When at Home
When the U.K.’s Daily Mail ran a story about the rape of a woman in the southern Swedish town of Ljungby in April 2018, it spoke volumes about how the newspaper sees victims of assault, not to mention being one of the more grotesque examples of journalistic schadenfreude one could ever come across...
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Stockholm City Hall is seen behind the Swedish flag. Views
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Dear Sweden: Learn a Lesson From the US and Reject Corrosive Dystopianism
Watching the world watching Sweden in the run-up to the September 9 elections is an infuriating pastime. Few countries fool people into thinking they can acquire a good grasp of its culture and society in a short period of time as does this cluster of 10 million people up by the Arctic Circle...
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Friday, April 27, 2018
Charlie Rose, #MeToo and the Eternal Possibility of White, Male Redemption
Deep down, even in the most jaded corners of our minds, I think we all knew that it wouldn't take long. That those celebrities accused of sexual harassment and assault during the #MeToo movement would inevitably find a way to re-enter the public sphere, and do so quickly. There would, of course, be...
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