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Neo-Nazi site charged over reader comment

Neo-Nazi site charged over reader comment

Published: 16 Nov 2010 11:01 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Nov 2010 11:01 GMT+01:00

The site is the online version of Nationellt Motstånd (‘National Resistance’), a quarterly print magazine put out by the Swedish Resistance Movement (Svenska motståndsrörelsen), one of Sweden’s most active neo-Nazi groups.

The comment in question, entitled “Immigrants create racist roadblocks”, accompanies an article published in April 2010 about a highly publicized case in which a 78-year-old woman died from injuries sustained from being pushed by a 23-year-old man in a shopping centre parking lot in Landskrona in southern Sweden.

The 23-year-old came from a family of immigrants and his arrest led to heightened ethnic tensions in the town, prompting another right-wing extremist group, the National Democrats, to call a public meeting in the town square to “protest against anti-Swedishness”.

The article, published on April 15th, 2010, told of how star defence attorney Leif Silbersky was set to defend the 23-year-old in his upcoming trial.

The following day, a racially charged comment was published beneath the article which referred to immigrants as “fucking parasites” and encouraged people to “hit back” rather than “back up” when challenged.

The commenter added that he or she feels “satisfaction” every time “I can ‘lay’ my hands” on what he or she refers to as a “kulturberikare”, an increasingly common term of derision used in far-right circles in reference to immigrants.

The term, literally translated as “culture enricher”, is a play by the far-right on arguments in support of multiculturalism which often cite “cultural enrichment” as a positive aspect of diversity.

“This is about Sweden and the Swedes’ survival,” the commenter wrote.

Because ‘Nationellt Motstånd’ reviews reader comments before publishing them, the comment falls under the jurisdiction of Sweden’s libel laws.

Following a preliminary investigation launched in May, Sweden’s Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern – JK), concluded that the comment amounts to agitation against ethnic groups (hets mot folkgrupp), and has filed charges against the site’s publisher, 26-year-old Emil Hagberg for violating Sweden’s press freedom laws.

When reached by The Local, Hagberg declined to comment on the charges, claiming statements made by him and his colleagues at ‘Nationellt Motstånd’ are too often “misinterpreted” in the media.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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12:15 November 16, 2010 by Scambaiter
awb...if what you say happened to you is true (and I have my doubts), it must have been terrible, but judging from your bigoted, anti-semitic rant at causes.com, you probably deserved it. You even look like hitlerjugend. Oh and btw, you can't commit "genocide" on one person.

"Neo-nazi"..."white supremacist" = semantics. It's all the same scum. While haters exist - on both sides - peoples will never get along.

And what are you doing commenting on a Swedish web newspaper. Do you live in Sweden?
13:00 November 16, 2010 by asian123
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
15:12 November 16, 2010 by hisham
well done .. its the time to charge the racist website .. time to stop the lies and fake statistics
15:59 November 16, 2010 by Syftfel
I believe Swedes are able to think for themselves, without having some government bureaucrat decide what's permitted speach. Remember, freedom of expression includes the right to express that which may be offensive to some. Hence a poisonous comment shoud be allowed to remain in all its idiotic glory. Let the writer respond on his own. Who is this 'justitiekanslern' anyway who think he knows what's best for us? It is precisely this besserwisser attitude that made the social dems drop out of sight last September 19th. - Get over it JK, and find something better to do with your time. Like going after terrorists, violent criminals and corrupt politians,...for a change.
17:06 November 16, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
19:16 November 16, 2010 by Sextant
Good comment and very true.
07:00 November 17, 2010 by wenddiver
Sounds like they have enriched your culture by taking away Freedom of thought, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, etc.

Don't worry the left still allows people to say bad things about the U.S. , Great Britain and Christians.

How's it feel to have a Leftist Bureacrat inside your Brain telling you what you can and can not think, like a parasitic worm??

How politically correct comrade.
08:48 November 17, 2010 by izbz
Best news I've read for a long time, great to hear someone is really doing something about that
08:59 November 17, 2010 by engagebrain
There are limitations on free speech, the incitement of violence is clearly beyond the pale as is racist abuse - the reference to groups as cockroaches, parasites and subhuman has proved to be an incitement to violence and ethnic cleansing.

This does not mean that strong words cannot be used to condemn racists and to point out the enormous social and economic costs racism imposes on society. The cost of the misery that resulted from the second world war and the economic cost almost defy belief - costs imposed by racists and costs paid by both racists and non racists. More recently racism has produced misery in the former Yugoslavia, Sudan, South Africa, the Congo - all of which produced the refugees that our local racists so dislike. If the racists switched to fighting racism many of their concerns would disappear.
12:49 November 17, 2010 by Iraniboy
You don't need to visit a Neo-Nazi website to see such things. Just take a look at the thelocal.se thread about Bild's support for Turkey's application to EU and see how Xenophobic racists are spreading their hatered right here in this forum!
23:49 November 17, 2010 by Ann-Marie
What happened to free speech?!
12:31 November 18, 2010 by Seamus Guevara
Each day that goes by Freedom of Speech becomes a thing of the past.
18:51 November 20, 2010 by wxman
So who are the REAL Nazis? The ones with the website or the ones who supress free speech?
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