Apparently in today’s Sweden, you have to watch your language even in private letters to public-owned companies. A 45-year-old man wrote derogatorily about immigrants in e-mail to his landlord after they’ve annoyed him on the yard outside his apartment. Then he lost both his job and was charged with agitation against ethnic group (“hets mot folkgrupp”), with the prosecutor calling for “a couple of months in prison” for him. Was the Soviet union ever this bad? http://www.dt.se/brottsplats/1.5604929-hotas-av-fangelse-for-hets-mot-folkgrupp
This Thursday, the ECHR delivered the verdict in a hate speech case that was appealed to it five years ago, back on 4 January 2007. In December of 2004, seven young men were distributing leaflets about homosexuality at high school Staffanskolan in the small Swedish town of Söderhamn. The message on these leaflets was critical of the way homosexuality was presented in Swedish education and called for a debate on the topic. To quote the portion of leaflet later charged to be hate speech: (My translation) Continue reading
Today I set to work on something I had planned to do the last couple of days – write an article for an online newspaper in Sweden called Newsmill (www.newsmill.se). The topic of the article was the Swedish social services, and my curiosity as to their real aims. The government here has far-reaching goals concerning the development of children, stating as its intentions to make sure everyone gets to enjoy a good childhood. The actual application of state force very much puts these goals in jeopardy, however, which is why I authored this article.