“Are extremists as entitled to privacy as other people? How should researchers avoid helping them – or opening old wounds among victims and their families? Two of Norway’s leading researchers in the field believe that research on extremism requires a high level of awareness of ethical issues.
Tore Bjørgo is the head of the new C-REX – Center for Research on Extremism, which studies right-wing extremism, hate crime and political violence. He says that some of the projects face considerable delays as a result of long application procedures. (Photo: Elin Fugelsnes) Anders Behring Breivik seriously put terrorism and extremism on the map in Norway on 22 July 2011. The terrorist acts in Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Lahore and Ankara have kept terrorism on the agenda ever since.
Researchers are our oracles in an age of confusion, fear and frustration. Politicians want information that helps them make the right decisions. The population wants knowledge that helps them understand, and preferably reassures them.”