30 June 1999


Bomb blast injures journalist and his son

Incident details

Peter Karlsson



(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is expressing its concern about the bomb blast targetting
journalist Peter Karlsson, which occurred in Stockholm.

According to RSF's information, on 28 June 1999, Karlsson, a freelance
journalist, was with his young son when he was injured by a car bomb outside
his home in Nacka, Stockholm. The bomb detonated when they got into the car.
His wife was a few meters behind. The journalist and his son were thrown
from the car. They are injured and have been taken to hospital. Their lives
are not in danger.

Karlsson and his companion, Katarina Larsson, also a freelance journalist,
specialise in covering extreme right wing movements. In 1996, the couple
worked for the magazine "Expo", a publication reporting exclusively on right
wing extremism. They also worked on a freelance basis for national
newspapers in Sweden, including "Aftonbladet", "Dagens Nyheter" and
"Expressen". They have been threatened by extreme right supporters and
received police protection.

RSF has asked to be kept informed on developments in the investigation.

Recommended Action

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  • recalling that Peter Karlsson was under police protection because of his
    articles, asking her to take all the necessary measures to ensure the
    complete safety of the journalist and his family

    Appeals To

    Laila Freivalds
    Ministry of Justice
    Fax: +46 8 20 27 34

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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