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It narrowed during the week that passed. A character in the new age?

"We think there are many who will support whether a newspaper that, unbound for party and prestige reasons, will discuss the burning issues of the time."

This was the conclusion of the magazine's guidelines Orientering, adopted at the general meeting on January 28, 1953. Half a century later, we also experience in Ny Tid, in which busy Orientering, a positive reaction to our radical change. Last week, Ny Tid became Norway's first newspaper in magazine information. We are pleased with the many positive feedback we have received from subscribers, newspaper reviewers and new readers.

More important than the format is the content. And with our texts and pictures we also want to address the burning issues of the time. Admittedly, the Cold War is passé, but the warm conflicts of the 21st century are no less challenging. Neither for us in the press, for most Norwegians, or for the world as such.

Last week's Ny Tid article, about the missing documents from the Oslo Canal in 1993, is an example of how we want to put the spotlight on Norway in the world and the world in Norway. The case was referred to in a number of media. And not without reason, as this week's follow-up in the Agenda section shows. The Oslo agreement is Norway's largest foreign policy prestige project. And the controversial agreement goes straight into the world's most flammable conflict, in the Middle East.

We also believe this week's post about Norwegian mine cleaners in Afghanistan lives up to Ny

Time tradition with revealing journalism.

However, the past week has also been an example of how bad things can go when freedom of speech is used to violate the beliefs of others. Jyllandsposten and Christian Magazine's printing of resentful Muhammad drawings led, not unexpectedly, to the burning of Danish and Norwegian flags on an open street in Gaza City.

This is how it can go. So deep we have sunk.

Strong forces in our societies provoke conflict by doing what they can to nurture the world. This is one of the reasons why in this edition we spend extra space on themes that revolve around the characters of the past week. For us, it is important to bring in new voices to the Norwegian public. Al-Jazeera's commentator Soumaya Ghannoushi's Chronicle of Europe and the Muslims is an example in this respect.

Still good reading.

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