Rikets tilstand ("State of the Realm") is a Norwegian investigative documentary series that aired on TV 2 from 1999 to 2002.[1] The host was Gerhard Helskog, former host of Dokument 2.[1] The series premiered on 30 September 1999.[1]

Rikets tilstand
Investigative journalism
Created byGerhard Helskog
Country of originNorway
Original languageNorwegian
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes36
Original release
NetworkTV 2
Release30 September 1999 (1999-09-30) –
11 December 2002 (2002-12-11)
Dokument 2

Rikets tilstand won a SKUP diploma and the Gullruten award for best documentary for the two-part episode Norske jenter omskjæres (2000), about Norwegian Muslim girls being subjected to female genital mutilation with the secret approval of imams.[2][3]

The series became subject to a scandal in 2002 after an episode made unsubstantiated allegations of doping in the Norwegian national skiing team.[4] The series was also tarnished for sparking a moral panic following an episode in 2001 alleging the now-discredited link between the MMR vaccine and autism.[5][6] Helskog was himself sued for libel (although eventually acquitted)[7] by Jan Simonsen, who claimed the series had directly resulted in him being expelled from the Progress Party.[8]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Folkets tv-favoritter: Dokumentar". Se.no (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Gullruten". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). 26 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Støtter omskjæring". TV 2 (in Norwegian). October 2000.
  4. ^ Aarre, Eivind (22 November 2002). "Helskog: - Vi har bommet grovt". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian).
  5. ^ Brekke, Bo (25 November 2002). "Medierikets tilstand". NRK (in Norwegian).
  6. ^ Westin, S (20 March 2002). "Postmoderne vaksinevegring". Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association (in Norwegian) (8).
  7. ^ Hanssen, Inge D. (30 January 2004). "Gerhard Helskog frifunnet". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).
  8. ^ "- Helskog kostet meg Frp-medlemskapet". Side3 (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 26 November 2003.