pühapäev, märts 11, 2007

Too blog or not to blog ...


It looks like Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is in trouble for posting his thoughts on his Swedish-language blog. Bildt had also previously blogged in English using a blogger account. One Estonia-centered post from last year read the following:

It is of course profoundly good news that Toomas Ilves has been elected as the new President of Estonia.

At last there is a worthy successor to Lennart Meri. And a person that can proudly project the success of Estonia and the other Baltic states on the wider world stage.
Of course, Bildt was a private citizen at the time when he openly praised Ilves. As a foreign minister, perhaps he would have been morereserved when discussing his views on Estonia's presidential elections.

According to the above link, Bildt now faces questions from the Swedish public about whether it is correct or not for a government official to blog. In fending off his critics, he noted that government officials in Finland and Estonia, like Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, are prolific bloggers.

I wonder what is at the root of this criticism. Is it that we would rather our government officials always meet behind close doors and leave us guessing what's on their minds? Does the media enjoy the guessing game rather than having raw, unfiltered information? Or is this really not appropriate for a foreign minister? Bildt is supposed to represent all Swedes in foreign affairs. is he indulging himself at their expense by becoming a blogger. What do you think?

Anyway, his blog is very popular. It receives about 400,000 visits per week. Not bad for a 57-year-old Stockholmmer rambling on about weather and world affairs.

3 kommentaari:

Toivo ütles ...

What is your email address Giustino?

Jens-Olaf ütles ...

Free country, free speech, why not blogging as foreign minister. Uh - all these 'not allowed' 'not appropiated' people. We have regulations more than enough.

space_maze ütles ...

I fail to see how it could possibly be a bad thing to see where a politician stands. That applies both to politicians I respect and those that I don't.

I guess Estonia wins again here - from what I gathered, the Mart Laar blog and the Edgar Savisaar blog didn't cause too much uproar in Estonia.

(Not that I know, I haven't been in Estonia for 1 1/2 years now. I envy guistino.)