Threat for twitter to be banned in the Swedish parliament - Speaker says NO!


Friday, 15 April 2011
The Speaker of the Swedish parliament or the Riksdag,  Per Westerberg would not restrict Members' twittering in parliament despite the fact that several of them had come under criticism of late for using the system to spread news.

He believes that the members of parliament themselves have to abide by the rules such as things like the "gentleman's agreement" that exists within the committees.

“I think there is a public opinion issue if one starts putting rules of law for less transparency in parliamentary work, "says Per Westerberg.

On Thursday the member of the governing Moderate party accused those of the Social Democrats, the Left party and the Greens (the Red-Green opposition coalition) for having invited the far right Sweden Democrats to negotiate on constricting the government’s unemployment insurance bill.  The accusations came through the micro-blogging system, Twitter after a meeting of the Labour Committee and this caused great indignation among the opposition.

The government which has been working well with the far right in the past at the annoyance of the opposition became annoyed when the opposition tried to play their own game. 

The Social Democrat leader Carina Moberg told news agency TT that she "at the earliest opportunity" will raise the issue of twittering at meetings to talk with the other leaders in parliament.
It is not the first time Twitter has caused discussions in the Swedish law making house. In March far right party, Sweden Democrat parliamentarian, Kent Ekeroth, was heavily criticized, when he twitted from a closed door meeting with the EU Committee and at that point it was thought that there would be the quest to ban tweeter in the parliament.
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