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Steigan.no is a Norwegian "anti-globalist" alternative news site that is often described as "red-brown." It is known for promoting Russian propaganda, conspiracy theories, racism and transphobia. It is one of the largest conspiracy theorist websites in Scandinavia, and is somewhat similar to Globalresearch. It is also associated with the "Mot Dag" red-brown conference, that has so far typically featured Nazis, tankies, pro-Assad conspiracy theorists and TERFs.
The website was founded by former Maoist politician Pål Steigan (1949–). Extremism researcher and skeptic John Færseth describes the website as a platform of conspiracy theories and pro-Kremlin disinformation and propaganda. It has also been described as an example of "red–brown convergence" (far-left with far-right, or Third Positionism), with links to the alt-right.
Norwegian government-supported fact checking website Faktisk.no stated that Steigan is part of a far-right/alternative echo chamber that also includes Document.no, Resett.no, Rights.no, and Lykten.no, and where individuals linked to SIAN (Stop Islamisation of Norway) play a key role. In 2022 Faktisk.no described Steigan as the main promoter of Russian propaganda among alternative media in Norway.
The secretary-general of the left-wing Red party Benedikte Pryneid Hansen said the party views Steigan as a platform of "onesided Russian war propaganda, conspiracy theories, racism and transphobia", and that the website is characterized by "extreme conspiracy theories."
Steigan has been denied membership in the Norwegian Association of Newspaper Editors, with the rationale that Steigan.no is not a journalistic medium, but an activist website that disregards accepted journalistic principles.
Steigan also hosts his own conference named "Mot Dag" ("Against/Towards Day"), named after an historical communist group, that has also been described as "red-brown" and that has featured many well-known conspiracy theorists as well as far-right speakers, including Nazis, while portraying itself as left-wing. An article on LibCom noted that
Steigan has a long history on the anti-imperialist left, including having met with Pol Pot and Enver Hoxha. His current project appears to be a sort of “red-brown convergence squared”, as his conference brought the anti-trans axis represented by Keen-Minshull together with Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley and Patrick Henningsen, three figures who’ve played a high-profile role in the international pro-Assad conspiracy theorist milieu. All three have extensive connections to the far-right.—Bonzo goes to Oslo: Christian fundamentalists and the far-right strike a new pose
- Collaboration between transphobic feminists and the far right — some facts
- "Bonzo goes to Oslo: Christian fundamentalists and the far-right strike a new pose".
- "Propaganda-påstander: Tok ikke kontakt". Dagbladet.
- "Ikke alle liker at Moxnes tar oppgjør med Steigan.no". Aftenposten.
- Færseth, John (2021). Fyrtårnet i øst: Putins Russland og vestlige ekstremister. Humanist forlag. ISBN 9788282821704.
- "Flere norske alternativmedier fungerer som «kanaler» for russisk desinformasjon og propaganda". Journalisten.
- "SIAN sentrale i spredningen av innhold fra alternative medier". Faktisk.
- "Slik spres russisk propaganda i norske alternative medier". Faktisk.no.
- "Hevdes å spre russisk propaganda: Kari Jaquesson medeier". Dagbladet.
- "Ap-Raymond om Rødt-bråket: Kast ut Steigan-tilhengerne!". Verdens Gang. "Faktisk.no skrev i mars i år at steigan.no skiller seg ut som den aktøren som sprer klart mest russisk propaganda blant norske alternative medier."
- "Full splid i Raudt om Steigan.no". NRK.
- Steigan.no fikk avslag på søknad om medlemskap i Norsk Redaktørforening: – Patetisk
- "– Gruppering samles i hemmelighet rundt antisemittisk budskap i Oslo neste uke. Jeg håper flest mulig protesterer". Vårt Oslo.
- Kajsa Ekis Ekman in Steigan.no