Finland: Hate speech to get defined legal limits
There is more over at Tundra Tabloids. Here is the original article.
Clear legal boundaries are being imposed on internet hate speech. According to the newspaper Turun Sanomat, the police are collecting material— including comments in the immigration debate—so that the state prosecutor could give precise instructions for what merits fines and prison sentences.
The police say clear practical guidelines are needed about the kind of online writings that fall within the bounds of criminal law.
“The amount of hate speech has increased to such an extent that it’s time to consider together rather closely what the law says on this and clarify at what stage internet writings need to come into the purview of criminal law, when it’s a question of a fine, when of imprisonment and so on,” notes Deputy Prosecutor General Jorma Kalske.
The Office of the Prosecutor General is to prepare its position in the autumn.