Concerns regarding the security level of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, which is scheduled to take place in May in Malmö, Sweden, are intensifying in light of the volatile circumstances in the Middle East. More precisely, many fear that a terrorist attack may be directed towards the contest. In response to these worries, this year’s organizers have stated unequivocally that there will be higher levels of security than in previous years.
Specifically, Ebba Adielsson, executive producer for Eurovision on the Swedish public television, specifically stated that there was no need for concern because SVT, which recently organized the competition in 2013 and 2016, is planning this year’s competition with a security focus in light of the current circumstances. To make sure the required actions are taken, the organizers are in regular communication with the Malmö police authority.
In the meantime, the Competition’s executive producer, Martin Österdahl, stated the following:
Each year, EBU collaborates closely with the authorities to guarantee the security of all attendees of the Eurovision Song Contest.
It has not yet been revealed which countries will take part in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest. This is probably connected to Israel and the higher threat of terrorism that its participation would pose. In the upcoming period, the EBU decision is anticipated to be finalized.
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Source: Dagens Nyheter