Compare: how different countries reported on the Oslo mosque shooting

This was the day after the attack, so August 11. I think I first read this article on the BBC: Norwegian shooting probed as terror attack.

I think what stands out in the article is if you scroll down to almost the bottom, and it starts talking about reactions from Norway’s Muslims:

The shooting has prompted debate over whether enough was being done to protect Norway’s Muslim population.

Mosque director Mr Mushtaq said the government needed to take action.

“For so many years, the secret police says the Muslims are the biggest risk for this country, but if you look at those last two major incidents of terrorist activities, it’s not Muslims who have done this,” he said.

Muslim organisation Islamic Council Norway described the attack as “the result of a long-lasting hate of Muslims that has been allowed to spread in Norway”.

It said authorities had not “taken this development seriously”.

Oh, that’s interesting, I thought, because I don’t remember the Scandinavian news sites mentioning anything like this.

Here you can see, if you scroll down to August 11, all the news stories about this from SVT, which is the Swedish state television. There’s this video clip of one of the Muslims in the mosque describing what happened; a round-up of the main points of the case; some statement or other from the prime minister; and then an interview with the 65-year-old in the mosque who took the attacker down. Nowhere in these articles and videos is there mention of the criticisms stated by the mosque director and by Islamic Council Norway. Not even any mention of such a thing in any point of the “round-up”.

So finally, I went over to the Norwegian equivalent of SVT, called NRK. I first ran into NRK back in 2011, when they were reporting the right-wing terror attack in Oslo. Any case, so what were they talking about this time?

They had some articles with updates about the case, and then they had this headline in a featured story: I think everything is well prepared for today. This article is talking about the police presence sent to mosques the day after the attack to guard the Eid prayers. They interview some police people talking about their “duty” to quote-unquote ‘serve and protect’, and then they interview Muslims. But there’s no quotes, like in the BBC article, criticizing anyone. Instead, it’s just: “oh, we’re feeling scared” “oh, I don’t really think there will be another attack” “oh, some people stayed home today” “oh, we feel safe and it’s nice to see the police here.”

Well, I just thought it was very interesting. Any case, I looked pretty carefully over the NRK site that day (August 11) to see if I could find mention of the accusations leveled by the Islamic Council Norway and the mosque director – even trying to link back to earlier articles – but there was nothing.

I went back just now, though, and scrolled through all the NRK stories on August 10 through August 12. The stories are listed chronologically, so you have to scroll back quite a ways, even today when it’s just August 16.

And after all, if you scroll far back enough, you find this article from August 10: The results of a long-term Islamophobia that has been allowed to spread in Norway. This article does not quote the mosque director at all, but it does report about the Islamic Council Norway’s statement in detail. And this article was already buried by August 11, I didn’t find it anywhere.

Later on August 13, there’s an article that reports on criticisms of the Norwegian police in poo-poo-ing right-wing threats. Well, they quote the criticisms from someone, and then they quote the police in denying all the criticisms.