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In the run-up to this year's parliamentary election, Niklas Svensson was fired from Swedish tabloid Expressen after he had obtained access to the intranet of the country's former governing party, but failed to inform his editors about his 'good luck'. Now the former tabloid hack has blogged his way back on the news agenda with a scoop on how MP Mona Sahlin forgot secret documents in a pub with the apt name 'Spy Bar'. Both Aftonbladet, and his former employer, Expressen, reported on his scoop yesterday, quoting from his blog Politikerbloggen. He also had a story in Metro on how much of Swedish tax payers' money government ministers spend on taxis - via his one-man news agency Nyhetsbolaget (story via Dagens Media, in Swedish), which promises 'straight, tough news', and encourages readers to send in tips. Yesterday I'm sure I read on his blog a promise to expose 'the truth about our politicians', I certainly scribbled it down, but this subtitle seems to have been removed. Still, the whole set up is somewhat reminiscent of the UK's Guido Fawkes – though I expect Niklas Svensson's blog will be constrained by the fact that he has to earn a living as a freelancer, so have to keep up a veneer of respectability.


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