What a tangled web we weave.
The free paper issued to over 360 000 homes by the J.Kärkkäinen supermarket chain, Magneetti Media, has been consistently publishing conspiracy stories for some time now, many of them anti-Semitic. There’s no question about it, J.Kärkkäinen has a ”Jew problem” as the following picture from their most recent publication that includes the entire reading of the fraudulent Protocols of the learned elders of Zion, shows.
Now the supermarket chain is being investigated by the Finnish state prosecutors office, by none other than, Mika Illman, the same man who wrongfully prosecuted (then) Helsinki city councilman, Jussi Halla-aho, for alleged ”hate-speech” crimes, when in fact, he was innocent of the charges. The case against him was politically motivated.
I am for philosophical reasons, immensely opposed to any ‘hate speech’ laws, in which unacceptable and even repugnant speech, as in this case it truly is, to be punishable by the court system. It’s a violation of free speech, either you have the right to speak your mind, or you don’t, you can’t have it both ways.
We already have libel laws on the books that handle personal defamation claims, hate speech laws, such as the ones we have here in Finland, Sweden and elsewhere in Europe, are entirely counterproductive, because these laws go against the very idea of free speech, as well as being abused, and have been, as in the Jussi Halla-aho case.
Let me make this entirely clear. I seek the exact same goals as those applauding the state’s prosecutor’s office pursuing of the J.Kärkkäinen supermarket chain, it needs to be stopped. What should happen instead, and which takes more time and personal involvement, is the mounting of a highly public boycott campaign against the supermarket chain on the radio, newspapers, television and internet.
The supermarket chain owners must be made to feel that the pursuing of such an anti-Semitic line, will end up costing them financially, as their wholesalers begin to refuse to associate with them in any future business deals, because it will in the long run, reflect badly upon themselves as well. The trickle down effect within the business community would be substantial as well as enlightening for the general public as the issue gets aired in such a high profile way.
The only answer to anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate speech and bigotry, is more free speech, a public boycotting of the anti-Semitic supermarket chain J.Kärkkäinen would be in fact, the epitome of free speech, and IMHO, hitting them in their pocket books while reducing them to the outer fringe of society, is the best way to pursue the case.
Vasarahammer : Magneettimedia is a conspiracy nut website and one article that was written by Adrian Salbuchi and translated into Finnish was published in Kärkkäinen retail store newsletter distributed free of charge to households around Finland. The article is mostly based on classic antisemitic conspiracy theory with only the word zionist used instead of Jew.
Kärkkäinen is a discount store chain, the owner of which belongs to a Laestadian sect within the Lutheran Church. They have stores in Lahti and Ylivieska, at least.
Writings in department store chain’s paper under investigation
Wednesday 02.13.2013 at 12.11
IL: The department store chain J. Kärkkäinen free newspaper writings have been has been transferred to the Prosecutor General for a consideration of charges.
Puclication Magnetic Media released last fall, the article, entitled “The World Mighty Power the U.S. is a puppet of the Zionists.”
Guest Column-writing spawned two criminal investigation requests. One of them made by the Finnish Jewish Community, the Central Council, according to which the script is anti-Semitic and racist. The second was for investigation of an individual.
The police criminal investigation of this issue was one of suspicion of ethnic agitation. The Prosecutor Mika Illman estimates that the prosecution will be completed in the spring.
J. Kärkkäinen Oy has stores in Ylivieska, Lahti, Finland and Oulu. According to the company Magnetic Media has a circulation of more than 360 000 copies.