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Neighbours wrongly blamed for fatal stabbing

The Local/og · 22 Feb 2012, 10:58

Published: 22 Feb 2012 10:58 GMT+01:00

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“It wasn’t just the family that was named on the net, my uncle was too. There was information about where I study and that my parents are married. Who takes these liberties? Is it because we are foreigners?” said Djina Timotijevic, 19, to the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

Timotijevic arrived home on Februrary 17th to the tragic news that a neighbour had been murdered in the apartment building's garden.

The shock was quickly transformed into anger when the woman checked a link posted on her Facebook wall that led to to a post on a Swedish internet forum that stated her own parents were directly involved in the murder – as victim and offender.

“It’s so tragic what has happened. You don’t want to be linked and associated with such terrible events,” Timotijevic told the newspaper.

The post was published on Flashback, a largely anonymous public forum, where users can speculate about news, or even provide facts that may not be found in newspapers.

In this case, a poster who knew the victim was a 39-year-old mother of two took no time in posting as fact an assumption that Timotijevic's parents were involved in the killing.

However, the incident had no relation to Timotijevic’s parents, other than the fact that they lived in the same apartment block.

Timotijevic’s younger brother even witnessed the murder, and was reportedly very upset.

“Freedom of speech has reached its limit. I feel exposed and frustrated,” Timotijevic told Sydsvenskan.

As a result of the accusations, the woman has been contacted by numerous friends and family who are both concerned and curious.

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Timotijevic explained that the most difficult thing was the possibility of meeting someone who may not be aware that the Flashback report was false.

The family intends to take action.

“We are now discussing whether we should report it to the police. While it may not help, we want to test the limits and see how far it may lead,” Timotijevic told the paper.

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Your comments about this article

14:29 February 22, 2012 by Rick Methven
And of course a regular poster on TL by the name of Migga. Posted the same lies on The Local

15:45 February 22, 2012 by Migga
What lies are you talking about?If you are going to accuse me of lying and single me out then I`d like to know.
17:07 February 22, 2012 by Rick Methven
You posted

"The woman is dead. She was an ethnic Swede. The man has a foreign background with his father being from Serbia. "

As usual in your haste to lay blame, you post with your usual SD brainless way, with no thought for the consequences.

I think it is about time you get banned from TL
17:34 February 22, 2012 by Migga
I gave the readers the truth. I gave them information that was kept from them. Ethnicity is just as interesting to consider as gender, age, education or social standings. Nothing in my post was a lie. It`s not up to me or any newspaper to decide what the readers need or don`t need to know. Therefore everything should be known and left up to the reader to make up his or her mind.

I don`t vote for SD. I`m also not responsible for the consequences, whatever they might be. Information should be free.
23:28 February 22, 2012 by Puffin
You are always responsible for the consequences of what you post - you can be held legally responsible in the courts

So you have to decide yourself what risk you are prepared to take
10:51 February 23, 2012 by Migga
Those consequences I`m aware of and accept. The concsequences that someone could take the information I post and use it in a menacing way is not my headache.
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