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Kim Wall’s death isn’t a “Scandi noir” drama—the media needs to stop treating it as one

Media outlets have repeatedly compared her disappearance to Scandi crime drama. But Wall was a real, three-dimensional woman—and her death isn't entertainment

By Jane Merrick  

Divers from the Danish Defence Command search the water around Copenhagen. Photo: PA

Kim Wall was a talented, versatile and respected journalist, with bylines in the Guardian, the New York Times and Harpers as well as publications in her native Sweden. Yet since her disappearance earlier this month and the discovery of her remains in the Baltic Sea off Denmark this week, she has been treated by the media as a character in a grisly-yet-stylish Nordic noir.

It is not unusual for a missing person case to be described…

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