Swedish transparency principle is about to erode

Nils Funcke is a journalist and expert on freedom of expression. Earlier this week his debate article about the transparency principle was publised by Dagens Nyheter. Many more than he is worried about eroding transparency. One reason to worry is that confidentiality can provide a breeding ground for crime and abuse of power, especially when combined with impunity. Unfortunately Sweden is an example of this. In December 2001, Sweden sent two people to be tortured in Egypt. The secret was exposed by journalists in 2004, but as far as we know, not a single person in Egypt, Sweden or USA (who was also involved) has been convicted, despite that torture is a very serious crime.