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Threats and harassment against politicians are increasing. FRP politicians are most vulnerable

A recent survey conducted on behalf of PST finds a very negative development in serious threats and harassment against politicians.

PST has asked the Police Academy to map threats and harassment of national politicians.

On behalf of the Police Security Service (PST), the Police Academy has mapped national politicians’ experiences of threats and harassment.

The survey shows a very negative development in experiences that are defined as serious incidents, the report states.

Serious incidents can include physical attacks or threats.

The proportion of politicians who report on this has increased from 36 per cent in 2013 to as much as 46 per cent in 2021.

It is especially the proportion who report that they have been exposed to direct or indirect threats of harm to themselves or people close to them, which is increasing.

Since only about 50 per cent of the representatives in the Storting and the ministers have responded, it cannot be stated without further ado that half of them have experienced serious incidents, the researchers emphasize.

– Nevertheless, there is reason to believe that the increase in serious threats is real, they write.

The majority have had troublesome experiences

If one includes the slightly less serious incidents, the vast majority have one or more negative experiences. This can be anything from someone having approached them in a troublesome way on Facebook or other social media, annoying phone calls.

Those who are most visible and profiled are most vulnerable. 87 percent of politicians in the Storting and the government have experienced such undesirable events.

Then follow the central board members in the political parties where approx. 84 percent report one or more incidents. Central board members in the youth parties are somewhat less exposed, but here too there are approx. 71 per cent who report one or more adverse events in connection with political activity.

FRP politicians most vulnerable

Researchers have also seen how vulnerable politicians are based on party affiliation. For the first time, they have included so many politicians that this is of statistical significance even for the smallest parties.

They show that there are quite large differences in how many unwanted incidents the politicians report, based on party.

At the lower end are KrF and Venstre, where just under 70 per cent report one or more incidents.

Frp tops the statistics. 95 percent state that they have experienced unpleasant events. This is followed by the MDGs, where 92 per cent state the same. The rest of the parties are around 80 percent.

FRP also tops the statistics for the serious incidents. 62 per cent state that they have experienced incidents that fall under this.

MDG stands out in that it is close to the top of unpleasant incidents in general – with 92 percent – but among the lowest when it comes to more serious incidents. 33 percent of MDG politicians in the survey report this.

Women no longer vulnerable

The researchers write that they do not find support for female politicians being particularly exposed to neatness in their data.

However, women under the age of 30 top the statistics for those most at risk of threats, hate speech and troublesome inquiries, along with men in their 30s and 40s.

Female politicians are also far more often exposed to harassment of a sexual nature than their male colleagues, the researchers write. 18 percent of women have experienced this, compared to 3 percent of men.

“I do not know if it comes under threat, but I have been sent penis pictures, and other gross sexual messages.
It is not perceived as sexually motivated, but more that the intention is to harass “, writes one of the women who are asked.

The proportion of men who experience the incidents as threatening is higher than the proportion of women. 46 percent of men against 37 percent of women report this.

A majority in the survey also report that those behind the threats or adverse events are men.

A clear majority of the politicians in the survey say that they become anxious or scared in connection with the incident.

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