Publicerad 2010-11-21 16:33
The Expo Foundation is a privately-owned research foundation founded in 1995 with the aim of studying and mapping anti-democratic, right-wing extremist and racist tendencies in society. The foundation is run on a non-profit basis. The Expo platform safeguards democracy and freedom of speech against racist, right-wing extremist, anti-Semitic and totalitarian tendencies throughout society.
Expo is not connected to any specific parties or political groups, but cooperates with all individuals and groups who share the foundation’s platform. The Expo Foundation is supported financially by, amongst others, the Foundation Hela Sverige - Artister mot nazister (”All of Sweden – Artists Against Nazis”, www.artistermotnazister.nu) and the publishing house Natur och Kultur (www.nok.se). The Expo Foundation is funded primarily by revenues from lectures, magazine subscriptions and ad sales.
More than a website
- The Expo Foundation carries out editorial and opinion-forming work and is run by the editorial staff, consisting mostly of volunteering journalists.
- The foundation is the publisher of Expo magazine. Editor-in-chief is Daniel Poohl.
- Reports daily news on expo.se.
- Maintains the Expo archive, the largest source of information on the extreme right and anti-democratic phenomena in all of Scandinavia.
- Lectures and informs on the Swedish and European extreme right for, amongst others, teachers, politicians and journalists.
- Carries out continuous research on the extreme right.
In 1995, the white-power music scene was at its peak and Sweden was the world’s largest producer of hate propaganda. The same year, several people were murdered in Sweden in Nazi-related violence.
The Expo Foundation was established in order to counteract the growth of the extreme right and the white power-culture.
The initiative was taken by teachers, journalists and youths. Expo adopted a platform which was to be free from any links to specific parties or political groups, with the following purpose: to safeguard democracy and freedom of speech against racist, anti-Semitic and totalitarian tendencies throughout society.
Expo under Attack
As soon as the first issue of Expo was published, the magazine became the target of an extensive hate campaign from neo-Nazi groups. Staff members and retailers received death threats and the printing factory used by Expo was vandalized. All of this was the subject of much media attention in the summer of 1996, when the largest Swedish national evening newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen also decided to publish 800,000 copies of Expo as a supplement.
Expo as a Supplement in Svartvitt
The first group of editorial staff members ”retired” in 1998. By then, the reporters – working on a voluntary basis – had pretty much crashed and burned, having been employed full-time elsewhere and dedicating all free time to Expo.
In April 1998, three original staff members remained. Together, they made the decision to give the foundation and the magazine a major overhaul. Social commentator Kurdo Baksi stepped in and suggested that Expo become a supplement to his own magazine, Svartvitt (”Black/White”), and thus offered a way forward. It wasn’t an ideal solution, but it gave Expo the opportunity to keep making its voice heard.
The co-publishing with Svartvitt continued until the turn of the year 2003, when Kurdo Baksi cancelled his magazine after 15 years of publishing. Since April 2003, Expo has been published as its own magazine. In 2004, the magazine received an extensive makeover, with the help of magazine design company A4.
During the fall of 2004, Expo lost its editor-in-chief Stieg Larsson, who passed away suddenly. Richard Slätt took over as editor-in-chief and was succeded by Daniel Poohl in the turn of the year 2005/2006.
Today, Expo is still the only magazine that consistently investigates the Swedish extreme right.
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