Sweden's gambling regulator has hit back at claims that it is threatening the country's free press with its efforts to enforce a ban on gambling advertising in newspapers.

The Lotteriinspektionen has defended itself after being strongly criticised in an opinion piece co-written by Gustaf Hoffstedt, secretary general of Swedish gaming operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) and Per Hultengård, chief legal officer of the Swedish Media Publishers' Association (TU).

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