Stockholm: Leading paper Dagens Nyheter did run on 22th of June an editorial on Assange titled “Not A Hero Or Victim“.
A main argument put forward by DN – as also repeated in BBC by Christian Christensen (an American researcher and now professor of media at Uppsala) is the U.S. propaganda trick of presenting a purported Assange’s “contradicting” attitude by seeking asylum in a country criticized – as DN put it – “for silencing” the oppositional press.
Swedish media professor Christensen in the BBC program:
“When you look at it from the media perspective what’s interesting here in the discussion of the choice of Ecuador…just doing a little bid of research and looking some background there . . .Ecuador has not particularly good record when its comes to freedom of speech and journalism rights… So that Assange is looking at Ecuador as a possible location is interesting in the respect that . . .for (being) the founder of WikiLeaks . . . It is interesting that it is a country that is not exactly famous for its freedom of expression rights and press rights. So there is a sort of contradiction there, and that raise a number of questions about, you know, (Assange’s) motivations behind picking Ecuador.
With regard to this apparently synchronize smearing, such as DN’s inexact reporting of Ecuador “silencing oppositional press”, or Christensen’s of Ecuador not having “good record when its comes to freedom of speech and journalism rights” – it should be clarify:
In the background, the dispute between the Ecuadorian government, representing the people of Ecuador, and certain sectors of the media, is NOT an ideological dispute on freedom of expression. It is a classical class-confrontation among the corporate MSM world and their high capitalistic ownership concentration of the media, and the authentic interests of the Ecuadorian people to be informed beyond the monopole interests of the Ecuadorian oligarchy – or of their American mentors, such as this apprentice of Troll represents.
In concrete, the “confrontation” it has been about injurious or libel articles in some oppositional press which the government had denounced to the courts of justice in democratic Ecuador, leaving the independent justice system to assess the criminal character of such political motivated smear.
In the words of President Rafael Corea himself:
“Make no mistake, since the invention of the printing press, “freedom of the press” – in quotes – responds to the will, caprice and bad faith of the owner of the printing press. I propose that we fight to open the real press freedom, which is part of a larger concept which includes the right of all citizens to freedom of expression”
“No nos engañemos, desde que se inventó la imprenta la libertad de prensa, entre comillas, responde a la voluntad, el capricho y la mala fe del dueño de la imprenta. Yo propongo que luchemos por inaugurar la verdadera libertad de prensa, que es parte de un concepto mayor que comprende el derecho de todos los ciudadanos a la libertad de expresión”. (Interview with Pagina 12, 22 June 2012)
Finally, “From Hero To Villain” VS “From Villain To Hero”
In the line of DN ad-hominem characterizations of Assange, several MSM papers in Sweden, including State-owned media apparatus, have headed their editorials or articles, “Assange From Hero To Villain” (“Från hjälte till skurk”).