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Swedish newspaper reported for child porn

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 11 Aug 2010, 15:23

Published: 11 Aug 2010 15:23 GMT+02:00

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The report was submitted by a Stockholm man together with examples of the cartoons published on DN.se and SVT.se depicting two men having sex in the background, and one of an obviously under-age girl exposing herself to an older man who becomes so turned on that he suffers a nose bleed.

Dagens Nyheter editor-in-chief Gunilla Herlitz on Wednesday responded to the report by arguing that there were "no grounds for a police report".

"It was explained quite thoroughly in the article that there were no children in the pictures," she said.

Herlitz explained the publication of the pictures in the context of a discussion over the classification of cartoons as pornography after the conviction of a well-known Swedish translator of manga comics for possession of drawings depicting children engaged in sexual acts.

"This article was an attempt to explain how the guilty ruling had come about, as it had received a great deal of criticism."

Among the critics of current Swedish legislation cover child pornography which classifies cartoons as pornography, are the Pirate Party.

The Local reported last week that Pirate Party chairperson Rick Falkvinge had been forced to retract comments in a radio interview taken to mean that the party advocated the legalization of the possession of child pornography.

While the party later distanced itself from the comments, vice-chairperson Anna Troberg told The Local that the Pirate Party wants to see legal resources directed at tackling "real child pornography" and to stop making criminals of large numbers of other innocent people.

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"The current law is wasting resources chasing pretend criminals and should be focusing on real child pornography, with real children involved, not manga comics, holiday pictures and so on," she said.

The current law on child pornography was passed in 1999 and was last updated as late as July 1st 2010 to cover "systematically viewing". The law covers even drawings of fictional characters and according to Herlitz is only now being tested in the courts.

"Where does the line go for when a drawing can lead to a charge for child pornography? It is not crystal clear in any way. Now the ruling against the translator has been appealed and will go to a higher court, this is the interesting aspect of this story," Gunilla Herlitz said.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:25 August 11, 2010 by fikatid
WItch hunt has officially begun in Sweden!
17:38 August 11, 2010 by bob3000
At least the discussion is possible here in Sweden.

Even if the legislation has been passed, it is possible for it to be debated in the press and public forums - discussion will mean that any lack of detail in the law will have to be clarified.

There is plenty of manga not involving sex.

Presumably the legislation is based upon at least 1 report and a committee review, with statistics correlating to offenders and victims.

Afterall, surely we are not living in a country where the ultra-orthodox right Christians shape policy.
17:38 August 11, 2010 by NickM
Well, that's one way of trying to silence the more liberal aspects of the Swedish press. How subtle.
18:50 August 11, 2010 by eZee.se
What about the poor preteen cartoon girl?

Is she receiving psychiatric help for her abuse?

What about her family?

are they getting help from a professional as well?

Her whole life must be ruined now, the trauma for the poor cartoon child.

I think her family should sue the newspaper as well for being so careless.


The total stupidity of this law baffles me.

Concentrate on getting the sickos who actually affect abused children - ie. the ones who make, distribute and possess porn of **real** children

then make the penalties a few times stronger for the crime of making, distributing and possession of such material. Don't waste resources chasing cartoons because of a law created by morons and then complain that there is a lack of resources to get the actual sickos.

In short, get some ****ing sense into the justice system, but I guess thats just too much to ask.

Perhaps if someone could send me the address of the judge who oversaw ThePirateBay trial we could ask him whats the price to buy some precedence into the Swedish justice system and if its in Dollars, Kronas or Euros.
09:29 August 12, 2010 by LeoKinmann
it's interesting how the judicial system in Sweden is "protecting" the real paedophiles while punishing people who read manga as a habit. there are a lot of stuff you can find in manga. e.g. murder, rape, killing, mutilation, lolita, etc. does it mean its reader can be punished on every point? on the other hand, the press always keep it anonymous. by the end of the day nobody knows the name of a convicted paedophile. it's ridiculous.
23:24 August 12, 2010 by Jackdempsey187
Catching manga artists via Google is a lot easier than catching real pedophiles doing real damage. Just like busting people at a traffic control is a lot easier than actually going after thieves and murderers. The justice system is lazy and will go after the easy money under the guise of morality.
13:36 August 13, 2010 by trolle3000
The PC has really taken over Sweden - it's just as ridiculous as any religious right movement might be, but you have to admit PC is funnier! At least seen from the outside.

Take for example this article about a swedish woman complaining to the Ombudsman about a *sexist cheese commercial* (in Danish):


To problem was, of course, that the cheese people stated that "the taste is in the hole", and the woman, of course, got worried about "what kind of society we live in, and the general view on women" (My translations).

Priceless ;-)
16:14 August 13, 2010 by eZee.se

Thanks! That really did hit my funny bone!

Wouldnt be too surprised if the feminist party points out to that "ghastly" article as proof about the injustices to women though ;)
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