Tuesday, March 07, 2017

War Correspondent Says Mosul Safer for Women than Sweden

Award-winning war correspondent Magda Gad has tweeted from Mosul that the war-torn city is safer for women and more peaceful than Sweden’s capital city.

“There’s no law on the Islamic veil here, and it’s safer for a lone woman to be outside than Stockholm,” the war journalist said on Twitter.
@gad_media @MrJeedi hur är det att leva i Irak? Ingen som tvingar dig att använda slöja eller annat.
Kan du röra dig som du vill
@BorenNon @MrJeedi Det finns ingen lag på slöja här, och det är lugnare att röra sig ute som ensam kvinna än vad det är i Sthlm.
Asked by another user to clarify whether she “feel[s] safer outdoors in Iraq than Stockholm”, the Expressen reporter — who has been covering the fight against Islamic State in Iraq since June last year, said “Yep”.
Gad said Stockholm on a weekend evening is “much worse than any night in Iraq”, in response to a suggestion by the user ‘Per Anders Englund’ that it “can’t be easy being a good looking woman” in Sweden’s capital with “groping” men about.
@gad_media @BorenNon @MrJeedi Förstår.I Stockholm kan det ju inte vara lätt att vara snygg kvinna när drängfulla män ska tafsa och hångla
@paproffs @BorenNon @MrJeedi Precis så är det. Fylla runt medborgarplatsen en helgnatt är mkt värre än vilken kväll som helst i Irak
In another tweet, the multi-award winning journalist described Iraq as “quiet, apart from the war”.
“In cities unaffected by fighting, it’s very quiet and no one bothers you when you walk the streets,” she wrote.
@gad_media @MrJeedi ok:) glad för svar. Förvånad att det verkar så lugnt
Var bor du någonstans, har du någon fast punkt medans du reser runt
@BorenNon @MrJeedi Det är lugnt utöver kriget. I städer utanför kriget är det ingen som stör dig när du går på gatorna, det är väldigt lugnt
For her war coverage in Iraq, Gad has been nominated for an INMA Global Media Award in the Best Use of Social Media category, where she is competing with finalists including U.S. TV channel NBC.
She also co-founded the Blank Spot Project, a news site focused on long-form reports from places with very little or no journalistic coverage.
The Swedish establishment has been keen to counter the image that the country is beset with crime after U.S. President Donald J. Trump highlighted how its “having problems like they never thought possible” as a result of its open border migration policies.
Last month, just hours after Sweden’s prime minister attacked the president for linking mass migration with rising violence, riots broke out in a suburb where a majority of residents were born overseas.

The riots, in which cars were set ablaze and shops were looted, resulted in the Stockholm suburb looking “like a warzone” according to a journalist who was at the scene.

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