Confessed terrorist writing in prison

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A defense attorney for confessed terrorist Anders Behring Breivik says he’s working on a manuscript while in custody. Breivik, meanwhile, has now been granted access to newspapers, radio and TV after being held in solitary confinement since his attacks on July 22.

“He’s writing about how he will continue his struggle,” defense attorney Vibeke Hein Bæra told P4 News. She said it was “a bit unclear” whether it will be a continuation of the more than 1,000-page manifesto he released online before launching his attacks, or whether it will become a book.

Bæra said Breivik had “been looking forward” to having access to media and “being able to orient himself on what’s happening in society. At the same time, his main focus is on what he’s writing.”

Breivik has been declared insane by two court-appointed psychiatrists, and may be transferred from prison to a psychiatric institution. It remains unclear whether any publishing company would print or distribute his work.

“A publisher can’t be a censor,” noted Anders Heger of Cappelen Damm. “Personally I wouldn’t hesitate to say ‘no’ to publishing this, because I can’t see any reason to give him any possibility to earn money on his gruesome acts.”

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