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Whose scoop was it?

The story of the Swedish blogger who brought down a government minister took an interesting twist last week when Expressen, the tabloid who ran the story as its exclusive scoop a day after the blogger had published his story, restated that it was indeed the newspaper, and not the blogger, that ousted the minister. A journalist at the paper argued Expressen had the idea and the scoop long before it published it (!) and that the blogger, Magnus Ljungkvist, could not be counted as a citizen journalist because he works for the Social Democratic Party and has a political agenda...

A bit more reasonably, Expressen also added that they do have considerably more readers than one lone blogger, but seeing that this particular blogger is a press secretary for Sweden's biggest political party, "which readers" would perhaps be a more rewarding question to ask than just "how many"...


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