28 March 2012
provide the "news" during Danish EU Presidency
It is reported that the Copenhagen police are preparing special holding centres (for up to 300 people) in the underground carparks of police stations and the Netherlands police have supplied specially armoured vehicles. The police are reportedly anxious to avoid their over-reaction at an anti-Masstricht protest in 1993 when 11 people were shot. This time, apparently, they will be issued with tear gas.
In an extraordinary move the Copenhagen police has set up their own press room and website to provide the "news" when protests take place:
Copenhagen police to act as journalists
Danish police plan to act as journalists during the Danish EU presidency in order to secure a more balanced picture of demonstrations, according to Norwegian paper Aftenposten. On the site www.copenhagenpolice.dk, two persons from the police information center will be writing articles on police actions during demonstrations as seen through the eyes of the police, writes Aftenposten, quoting Flemming Steen Munch, superintendent of the Copenhagen police:
"In newspapers and TV there is always a strong focus on heavily equipped policemen lying on top of a slight girl. What you never see is that two seconds previously the same girl has been standing holding a paving stone in her hand, ready to throw it at a policeman who is lying down. We think that we shall be able to write stories that have a beginning, a climax and an end."
Poulsen, professor of journalism at the Roskilde University Center
is sceptical: "The police journalists risk facing difficult
ethical dilemmas. You might have situations where journalists
have no access and where consequently the police journalists
will be the only ones to report on the event. That would require
great tact by the police," he says, according to Aftenposten.
1. Written by Luise Hemmer Pihl, Edited by Daniela Spinant, from: EUobserver 08.07.2002
2. Danish police: "news" site
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