The guardians of Norwegian “justice” overseeing the trial of Anders Behring Breivik have decided it’s safe to broadcast the testimony of Øyvind Strømmen directly to the public, but not that of Bruce Bawer and Fjordman, whose words will have to be filtered by loyal media lapdogs first.
The Oslo court has destroyed what little credibility it had left with this nakedly political decision.
The peculiar practice of explaining and giving evidence
The court has decided that the testimony of the experts witnesses subpoenaed by the defense, such as the testimony of Øyvind Strømmen, Lars Gule and Matthias Gardell, can be broadcast, but not the testimony of Bruce Bawer and Ole Jørgen Anfindsen.
This basically means that so-called expert witnesses and political activists will have the opportunity to give their personal assessments of political opponents directly to the public, while those whom they criticize, in this case Mr. Bawer and Mr. Anfindsen, are not granted this privilege. Mr. Bawer and Mr. Anfindsen have to rely on journalists who are critical and even hostile to their political views to correctly report their testimony.
The explanation that the court has chosen to justify such a decision with is that it fears that Anders Behring Breivik will seize the opportunity to make offensive remarks during the testimony of Mr. Bawer and Mr. Anfindsen.
The court has decided that the media will be allowed to broadcast the testimony of the following expert witnesses:
- Øyvind Strømmen (31 May)
- Terje Emberland (31 May)
- Tore Bjørgo (31 May)
- Frank Aarebrot (June 1)
- Brynjar Lia (June 1)
- Lars Gule (June 1)
- Hanne Nabintu Herland (1 June)
- Mattias Gardell (4th June)
- Einar Øvereng (5th June)
- Ulrik Fredrik Malt (June 8)
- Svenn Torgersen (June 8)
- Pål Grøndahl (June 11)
- Einar Kringlen (June 11)
- Tarjei Rygnestad (18 June)
- Karl Heinrik Melle (18 June).
[Note from the Baron: I recognize only four of those names, but I’ll wager that our Norwegian readers can fill in some of the other bios. I know that Hanne Nabintu Herland is no friend of Multiculturalism; the other three are lefties.]
Whereas evidence from the political community will not be allowed to be broadcast:
“The court therefore believes it would be unwise to allow the broadcast of the remaining testimony as long as the defendant’s statements are not allowed to be broadcast. The remaining witnesses are for the most part police officers, health professionals, politicians and private individuals who will give evidence concerning the investigation, treatment and observation of the defendant, politics directly or indirectly connected with the defendant via, among others, the extreme right-wing community. Such testimony will typically have the potential to give rise to statements by the defendant. On this basis, the remaining testimony is not permitted to be broadcast.”
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