Incitement Speech Laws Sweden

Scandinavian Speech Laws in The Headlines Once Again…….

The Local reports that: “A local politician in southern Sweden has been fined 18,000 kronor for writing a motion claiming that 95 percent of all heroin brought in to Sweden comes via Kosovo”

Dahn Pettersson, a councillor for the local Swedish Alliance Party has a hefty fine to pay for insisting that Sweden’s immigration policy, which allowed for 46 000 Kosovo Albanians to take refuge in Sweden has resulted in “the flooding of heroin into Sweden and Europe.”

Was Pettersson guilty of incriminating every Kosovo Albanian living in Sweden as being a participant in the heroin drug trade? At first glance on what’s being reported, certainly not. What’s even more worrisome is the ease in which someone can be brought up on charges for disparaging an immigration policy.

I am solidly against the incitement of any racial or religious group, and when judging any individual incident, a complete history of the person/s or group –allegedly making racist statements– must be first taken into consideration. Debating the issue is the best course of action, not judicial rulings. *L* KGS

Update: The Baron reminds me of his post in yesterday’s GoV. Many thanks. *L* KGS

Update: S R Larson notes that “Sweden also has its unwritten but well known speech code for the press, that says that you do not report the ethnic origin of criminals. The press believes that their readers may turn into racists if they do… This eduate-not-report attitude of the press is condescending at best, totalitarian at worst, but only goes to show how bad things really are in Sweden. “

The same situation exists here in Finland as well, with self censorship being an unspoken art. *L* KGS

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  1. Sweden also has its unwritten but well known speech code for the press, that says that you do not report the ethnic origin of criminals. The press believes that their readers may turn into racists if they do… This eduate-not-report attitude of the press is condescending at best, totalitarian at worst, but only goes to show how bad things really are in Sweden.

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