Read All About It! – Lars Johan Hierta Newspaper Pioneer

Read All About It! – Lars Johan Hierta Newspaper Pioneer


I’m here at Aftonbladet. This was the first modern Swedish newspaper, and a bastion of Swedish laissez-faire liberalism. It was the first publication to attack not just abuses of power, but political power itself. I am here to talk with Sofia Olsson Olsén, the publisher of Aftonbladet. Take a look here. This is a room full of history. Yeah, isn’t it? And this is the first copy, the first issue of Aftonbladet. You can see it was published in December 1830. Oh, that’s fantastic! We just took it down from the wall… to show you. Aftonbladet was founded by Lars Johan Hierta. We had free press in Sweden, but it was not fully developed. So Lars Johan Hierta was the person who really pushed the free press forward. And he was a very brave man, I would say, because it was dangerous at that time.

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