The Expo Files: Articles by the Crusading Journalist
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Now almost exclusively known as the author of the bestselling Millennium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson was first and foremost a professional journalist and an untiring crusader for democracy and equality.Collected in English for the first time, the articles in this volume explore the human rights issues that formed the ideological foundation of his explosive trio of novels.
Before he ever began his cycle of novels about the travails of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson used the pulpit of the media to denounce right-wing extremism throughout Europe. A co-founder of the influential journal EXPO and its primary editor for many years, Larsson spoke out passionately against many of the worst crimes against women, minorities, and other disenfranchised
communities. These unflinching articles showcase Larsson's spare style and sly humor
as he dissects many instances of persistent anti-humanist behavior and politics.
Written with the urgency and economy of someone who knew that there is no time
to waste when it comes to fighting the forces of bigotry, sexism, and racism, The EXPO
Files is required reading not just for fans of the Millennium Trilogy, but everyone who
applauds writers with the courage to denounce evil when they see it.
independent institutions with the right to decide which groups they will admit into their premises as guests. Democracy gives rights to opponents of the Sweden Democrats—in this case the right to refuse to let rooms to racist organizations. If the Sweden Democrats want to hold public meetings there is nothing to stop them from doing so in their own premises. They can’t afford it? Ah, well, that is sad—but hardly a problem for the A.B.F. and other educational organizations. Every newly formed
battery and rioting. AN ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY www.expo.se September 11, 2003 At the time of writing we have no idea who murdered Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. It might have been an ideologically motivated incident with some kind of political background, or it might have been the work of a madman. All we know for certain is that the murderer is a cowardly wretch. Irrespective of the motives behind the murder, it is an attack on democracy and freedom of speech. There is no more definitive
centimeters long for exactly the same offence. Not even the fact that around the same time Andersson defected from the conservatives to the Sweden Democrats roused journalists from their slumbers. Can anyone imagine the belligerent headlines if Yvonne Ruwaida had announced that she was defecting to a racist party? But media drives can also have a positive effect, focusing on questions that would otherwise slip by unnoticed outside small groups of activists with limited resources and associations
dismiss all likelihood of conspiracy straight away. But then the N.D. comes up with the jaw-dropping argument that the police acted in this way because the N.D.U. made use of its “constitutional right to demonstrate.” Just a moment, my young democratic friends. If the N.D. is going to start evoking the constitution, it is high time that the party started to abide by it. The party evidently needs to follow a basic course in law. Sweden upholds the freedom to demonstrate. This freedom applies to
National Democrats, but equally to homosexuals, anarchists, Social Democrats, teenagers and Boy Scouts. The law is so simple to follow that even a National Democrat should be able to understand it. If the N.D.U. wants to demonstrate, all it need do is to apply to the appropriate authority and request permission to demonstrate. Pride had the necessary permit from the police. The N.D.U. did not. There is no support in the constitution for the spontaneous assembly on Slottsbacken of a gaggle of