Australia made global headlines last week for its treatment of juvenile inmates in its prison system.

But it’s not always the high-profile stories that make a splash around the world. Two other incidents were passed onto Crikey over the weekend.

In the Chinese-language edition of People’s Daily, an article in The Australian by senior business reporter Glenda Korporaal urging politicians to be cautious in their public statements on the South China Sea issue has been used to illustrate how many of the Australian domestic media do not agree with the Australian government’s hard-line comments on the issue.

Meanwhile in the Swedish-language Sydsvenskan, headquartered in Malmo, Channel Nine’s Today show has been singled out for some of the most inflammatory commentary on the terrorist-attack-that-wasn’t in that city last week. In broadcast remarks, the show emphasised the high proportion of Muslim residents in Malmo, and reportedly, in a since-deleted tweet, said the attack had taken place on the day of the city’s Pride parade (it was a week away). Police have since said the attacks are not linked to terrorism.

Malmo police commissioner and deputy district chief Mats Karlsson told English-language Swedish publication The Local that the information he was getting on the incidents, part of a local crime wave, were “very different from what I read in the international press”.

“If you want to see a connection [to terrorism] you see one. But these articles were extreme, I’ve never seen such distortions before. There were various British newspapers writing about ‘people running for their lives to escape an ongoing attack’, when in fact it was an internal dispute between these two guys.”

Peter Fray

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