Mikael Blomkvist – 40’s – regards the gauntlet of reporters he’ll have to pass to get out of the building.
As he strides toward them, microphones and cameras swing in his direction. Without stopping – BLOMKVIST
What is this, the media event of the year?
Don’t try to play it down, Mikael, it won’t work.
Don’t try to play it up, that won’t either.
4A EXT. COURTHOUSE – STOCKHOLM – DAY – CONTINUOUS 4A
Feeling a bit like he’s fleeing the scene of a crime, which in a way he is, Blomkvist steps outside opening his umbrella. A couple of the reporters come out after him –
Will you appeal?
I’ll appeal to you, Viggo: Find a real story to cover.
He hurries off in the rain.
Financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist was found guilty today on 16 counts of aggravated libel against financier Hans-Erik Wennerstrom.
5 INT. CAFE – STOCKHOLM – DAY 5
At a table with a pre-made sandwich and cup of coffee, and a long court judgement, Blomkvist watches himself fleeing the reporters on the cafe’s TV. He’s the only one there who watches it – no one else is interested – which only makes it worse.
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In an article published earlier
this year, Blomkvist claimed Wennerstrom – founder and president of The Wennerstrom Group – used State funds intended for industrial development in Poland for an arms deal with the right-wing Ustashe in Croatia.
The report cuts to a shot of Wennerstrom outside the courthouse in an Armani suit, surrounded by his legal team, confidently addressing the reporters – WENNERSTROM ON TV
I have nothing against Mr. Blomkvist. He’s a good journalist who I don’t believe is guided by malice. But what he wrote was inaccurate, and inaccuracies can’t go unanswered. He – all journalists – have to accept like the rest of us, actions have consequences.