Via the Gates of Vienna comes a story right from my own backyard. According to Baron Bodissey, a fellow Finnish blogger is Muzzled in Finland! There is little to go on other than that Mikko Ellilä’s weblog is under investigation by the Finnish police for supposed incitement against a national or religious group.
The Chapter 11, section 8 of the Finnish penal code was recently used for the first time –successfully– in an incitement case which found two newspapers guilty of publishing an anti-Semitic op-ed. Both newspapers and the individual who wrote the racist op-ed were fined accordingly, to the tune of about 1500 Euros.
It’s still unclear at this point just what the supposedly offending material might be, but as in all cases where an allegation is is made, the Finnish police are bound to see it through, regardless of how ridiculous the charges might be.
This is an interesting case since the Egyptian blogger, Sandmonkey, has recently terminated his own blog due to governmental interference, fear of jail time is a powerful inducement to cease whatever you’re doing, especially in a non-democratic state. What’s happening here in Finland is downright bizarre.
The Suomen Sisu website experienced a similar investigation when they published the dreaded twelve cartoons of Mohamed, the Muslim’s prophet, they were exonerated but faced nonetheless a ridiculous enquiry. The same group has mentioned the Ellilä case here, wondering if the story is true or pure BS being disseminated on a popular Finnish forum.
I’ll be posting more on it when the fulls details become known. *L* KGS
Update: Mikko Ellilä just informed me that he still is unsure what awaits him. I still hold to the view that he will be investigated by the police in the very same way as the Suomen Sisu org. was for publishing the cartoons of Mohamed.
Here’s the main contact info for their embassy in Washington:
Embassy of Finland 3301
N.W. Washington D.C. 20008