Stavanger Aftenblad was founded in 1893 by the pastor and leftman Lars Oftedal . After Oftedal's death in 1900 , the son Lars Oftedal took over the editorial post, which he retained until his death in 1932 . His son Christian S. Oftedal became a new editor.
During World War II , Oftedal first tried to obey the new censorship, but he was dismissed June 19, 1940 after refusing to write a dictation from occupants. In August 1940, he was arrested for illegal work and put into captivity. On April 16, 1942 , Nazi chairman Johannes Kringlebotn was appointed as editor. As a result, Stavanger Aftenblad became the first newspaper in Norway, which became so-called "New Order". Source