What’s also of interest later on, will be the media and politicians spinning of what she just admitted to.
As an Integration Minister for Sweden, you would think that she would step down, or strong calls for her to do so for being a gross failure.
Swedish minister does U-turn on comments about Sweden’s sex crimes
Sweden’s Integration Minister Ylva Johansson has done a U-turn after she told the BBC that the number of reports of sex crimes in Sweden was dropping.
During a recent interview with the BBC, the minister said “we can see that the level is going down, and going down, and going down.”
However, this isn’t the case. The latest stats actually show a 13 percent increase in reported sex crimes in Sweden in 2016, and a general increase over the last ten years (more on this later).
Swedish social media users – including MPs, economists, and criminologists – flocked to Twitter to point out the minister’s mistake following her TV appearance.
The Moderate party’s labour policy spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson was among those to criticize Johansson.
“We don’t need more fake news,” she wrote on Twitter, calling for the minister to explain herself.
“I based my answer on information that I had at the time, that the number of reports of rapes went down in 2015,” she told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
“It was wrong of me to speak of a development that was only based on one year. The preliminary figures for 2016 unfortunately show that the figures are on the rise.”