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Words That Kill

Production year: 2011 | 1*65 | Genres: Current Affairs
Where did the words and beliefs - which are what created the terrorist - come from?
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Tempelridderne
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

Many people have long feared attacks by Islamic terrorists, especially since the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York in 2001. In July 2011 Norway was exposed to an inconceivable massacre perpetrated not by an Islamic terrorist organization, but by an ethnic, middle-class, Christian Norwegian. Where did the words and beliefs - which are what created the terrorist - come from? What can we accept in terms of freedom of speech before unrestrained rhetoric transmutes into words that kill?

Immediately after the attack, Norway's prime minister declared that Norwegians would counter terror with more openness and more democracy. Was that merely an eloquent turn of phrase, or will it be put into practice in the cold light of day?

The programme is divided into two parts;

The first part takes a searching look at the extremist Right in Britain and the whole of Scandinavia. The terrorist sent his 1,500-page manifesto to about 1000 email addresses shortly before taking the lives of seventy-seven innocent people in Oslo and Utöya. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation studied the 1,000 email addresses and found that about ½ of the addresses were linked to social networks on the internet which again lead to Great Britain, Canada and the whole of Scandinavia.

The second part of the programme focuses on what kind of democracy and how much openness Norway enjoys at present. Were the prime minister's words after the attack no more than that: words? Can - and will - the Norwegian people continue to live with an even greater measure of openness and democracy than they currently enjoy?

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