Government raises press funding by 20%

The Government will increase funding in journalism, according to an agreement between seven parliamentary parties, reports Svenska Dagbladet. The Sweden Democrats stay outside the agreement. ”Our aim is to contribute to predictability and good long-term prerequisites for investigative journalism in a changing media landscape,” says Alice Bah Kuhnke (MP), the Minister for Culture and Democracy. The total press grant will be 20% higher from January 1, 2019, compared to today’s level. The proposal includes an increase in distribution and operating funds. According to the media survey, 43% of citizens experience that they are sometimes, or often not sufficiently informed before decisions about changes in the local environment.


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Janetta Santalo is Mundus International's Head of Finland Affairs. She is also a regular contributor to the Monthly Policy Review and a writer for Mundus News. Janetta has worked as freelance journalist for various types of publications, with communications agencies, NGO's and media houses as clients. Besides journalism, her career consists of positions in public administration, human resources as well as teaching and coaching. Having lived in six countries: Finland, Sweden, US, France, Bulgaria and Croatia, Janetta is an avid follower of international affairs, politics and cultural trends around the world.