Expo (magazine)

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Expo is a Swedish anti-racist magazine, started in 1995 and issued by the non-profit Expo Foundation (Stiftelsen Expo). The magazine, issued four times a year, contains investigative journalism focused on nationalist, racist, anti-democratic, anti-semitic and far-right movements and organisations. Expo has no connections with specific organisations or political parties, but work together with individuals and organisations that share Expo's platform. The chairman of the Expo foundation is as of writing Per-Erik Nilsson, earlier head Parliamentary Ombudsman (1978–1987).

The organisation has several parts. Expo Arkiv is an archive over far right and anti-democratic events in Scandinavia. The archive is open for researchers, students and individuals that need information. Expo Research is a research organisation that finds and collects information on racist, anti-Semitic and anti-democratic organisations in Sweden and Europe. The information comes from informants, defectors, public files, authorities, independent researchers and so on.

Expo closely co-operate with Monitor in Norway and Searchlight in the UK. Expo also exchanges information with groups and magazines such as Antifa Infoblatt in Germany, Reflexes and CRIDA in France, Tun Balalaika in Russia, Nigdy Wiecej in Poland and so on, as well as Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) and Center for New Community (CNC) in the USA.

Expo became widely known in Sweden in June 1996 following a string of threats and attacks directed against companies printing and selling the magazine, and organisations supporting it. The words "Inget stöd till kommunist-Expo" (No support for communist Expo) were painted on the wall of the Moderate Party headquarters. In response, leading tabloid newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen printed and distributed the June 1996 issue as a free supplement, with a circulation of around 800,000 copies.

Financial pressures in 1998 forced Expo to cease publication of the magazine and replace it with a newsletter.[1][dead link] In 1999, Expo was restarted as a part of the magazine Svartvitt. When Svartvitt shut down in 2003, Expo returned to publication as an independent magazine.[2]

Stieg Larsson[edit]

Stieg Larsson, the author of the Millennium series of novels, was Expo's co-founder and editor-in-chief from 1995 until his death in 2004.[3] Larsson's political convictions, as well as his journalistic experiences, led him to found the Expo Foundation, similar to the British Searchlight Foundation, with the aim of "studying and mapping anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and racist tendencies in society".[2]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "unknown". 
  2. ^ a b "About Expo". Expo.se. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Stieg Larsson 1954-2004". Expo.se. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 

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