WG remembers MP Mats Johansson, a friend of freedom of press and speech

A friend of freedom of press and speech has sadly passed away. Conservative MP Mats Johansson left us this weekend. When Dole Food Company sued the producers of BANANAS!*, Mats Johansson stepped forward and created an historic alliance with social democratic MP Luciano Astudillo and screened the film in the Swedish Parliament. Mats and Luciano also wrote a petition to Dole and asked them to withdraw the lawsuit. This petition was then signed by a majority of the Swedish MP:s. A rare, historic event.

On behalf of WG Film, producer Margarete Jangård and director Fredrik Gertten extend their deep condolences to the family and friends of Mats Johansson. He showed to the world that freedom of press and freedom of speech are not matters of left or right; they are the fundamentals of democracy and must be defended.

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commented 2017-08-18 16:41:05 +0200
We give thanks for people with the ethic and backbone of Mr. Johansson (and Mr. Astudillo)! After watching this film again with friends who’d never seen it, we are uplifted to continue to speak out against injustice, intolerance, and lies – whether it be corporations or politicians. Sadly, there seems to be far more to speak out against today.
The true story about a Swedish filmmaker and a banana corporation. Dirty tricks, lawsuits, manipulation, and the price of free speech.

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