Swedish MPs Mats Johansson and Luciano Astudillo, who invited director Fredrik Gertten to screen BANANAS!* in the parliament, is now raising the question to the Swedish government.
On Thursday, October 15, 1.30 PM, the Swedish minister of culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, meets with director Fredrik Gertten, free speech lawyer Percy Bratt, and the two MPs to get a deeper insight into the matter.
“The purpose is to inform the minister of culture about our actions and opinions. We have launched a petition among the parliament members where we ask Dole Food to withdraw their lawsuit”, said Mats Johansson to Dagens Nyheter.
”Another issuie is what happens when the film is shown in other countries, where it might be targeted by new lawsuits. The film needs political support from the Swedish government”, said Luciano Astudillo to Dagens Nyheter.
In relation to the meeting, Johansson and Astudillo have also invited representatives from the three largest Swedish food grocers Coop, ICA and Axfood to an informal lunch in the parliament. The aim is to give a clearer picture of why the Swedish parliament has reacted so strongly against Dole’s lawsuit.
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