Danish Politicians Call for Observers in Swedish Elections

Aug. 31, 2010, midnight

Members of Denmark's governing coalition on Tuesday called for election observers to be sent to neighboring Sweden for the country’s September 19 parliamentary poll. The Danish politicians claimed observers were necessary after two Swedish stations refused to broadcast election advertisements from the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party. The stations rejected the ads, which are critical of Muslim immigration, stating that they violate laws barring hate based on race and religion. Muslim immigration has been a contentious issue in Danish politics over the past decade. Now some conservative Danish lawmakers are claiming censorship, and believe the incident threatens the fairness of the Swedish election. Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke RASMUSSEN, however, stated that it was not his role to interfere in Swedish polls.

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