Thursday, February 23, 2017

The photographer who filmed the documentary Donald Trump watched on Sweden says it was edited 'unethically'

Picture: FOX NEWS/SCREENGRAB

Donald Trump received criticism from a number of news organisations as well as Swedes for his apparently 'off script' comments about terrorism and crime in the country. 

The President later clarified that he sourced the information from a Fox News segment, in which a documentary filmmaker, Ami Horowitz was interviewed about his experiences in the country. 

Horowitz portrayed Sweden in harsh terms, saying that Swedes are making excuses for what he sees as an increase in violence and rape as a result of immigration. 

The validity of his documentary has been questioned by political scientists and newspapers, who called his claims an “exaggeration”. 

Now, one particular part of his documentary is receiving even more scrutiny - specifically a video clip featuring two Stockholm-based police officers being interviewed.

The police officers spoke about crime rates in Sweden and the availability of weapons.

When the documentary was published on YouTube, and later used on Fox News, the officers claimed that their quotes were taken out of context.

One of the officers, Anders Göranzon told Dagens Nyheter (DN), a Swedish newspaper:

I don't understand why we are part of the segment. The interview was about something completely different to what Fox News and Horowitz were talking about. It was supposed to be about crime in high risk areas. Areas with high crime rates. There wasn't any focus on migration or immigration.

Photographer Emil Marczak, who filmed the interview, agrees that the police officers were misrepresented.

He told DN:

To double check that my recollection is correct I went through the raw footage, and it confirms how the police have portrayed events.

They said repeatedly that they had no information which could substantiate this kind of statement

In fact, had he known how “unethically” the material was going to be put together, he claims he would not have taken the job in the first place.

Ami Horowitz did not immediately return a request for comment.



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