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Israel denounces Sweden’s silence on IDF organ harvest article

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 22, 2009
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

On Friday, the Israeli Ambassador to Sweden Benny Dagan met with Deputy Foreign Minister of the Scandinavian country and urged his government to issue a denunciation of the article. Deputy Foreign Minister Frank Belfrage emphasized his country’s freedom of speech and how it limits the ability of the government to respond to articles in the media.

It also emerged Thursday that Defense Minister Ehud Barak is considering a libel lawsuit against Donald Boström, the writer of the article. Boström has reportedly been trying to publish a version of the article about Israel harvesting organs since 1992.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1109008.html

In a blog post on Thursday evening, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote that he would not condemn the article, and that freedom of expression is part of the Swedish constitution.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8213873.stm

A spokesman for Israel’s interior ministry said it was freezing the issue of entry visas to Swedish journalists, though those already working in the country would not be affected for now.

The newspaper commented on its story on Sunday, acknowledging that it had no proof of any organ theft but argued that the story deserved publication because of the issues it raised.

For full article, visit http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/08/200982434437906626.html

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