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The mask game in Congo

POLICY:: Halle Jørn Hanssen bases this article on his contribution to the new anthology The mask game in Congo – about the campaign for the release of Tjostolv Moland and Joshua French.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

The news image in Norwegian media was the summer of 2009 marked by the coverage of the two Norwegian mercenaries Tjostolv Moland og Joshua french, who had been arrested in Congo for the murder of his driver. In court, Moland was sentenced to death for the driver's murder and French for participating in the murder.

Between May 2009 and November of the same year, this case received about 14 articles in the Norwegian media, and for the period May 000 to January 2009, the number is about 2019. Such coverage of a case in an African country has never occurred before so far. lands. It is unique.

Campaign for release

Family members launched a campaign for a nationwide release that gained a rare strong political influence. The foreign ministers in the period between May 2009 and October 2013, Jonas Gahr Støre and Espen Barth Eide, have stated that no single case occupied their time more than the case with the two convicts in Congo.
The campaign eventually got. . .

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Halle Jørn Hanssen
Former Secretary General of Norwegian People's Aid, TV correspondent, politician and author.

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