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MP turns herself in for child porn offence

The Local · 28 Mar 2013, 08:34

Published: 28 Mar 2013 08:34 GMT+01:00

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Moderate Party MP Maria Abrahamsson chose on Wednesday to tell Swedish police that she may have child pornography at home. She told them that she had a copy of the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper, which last weekend contained an illustration showing a child surrounded by half-naked men.

Abrahamsson is a known critic of the current Swedish law, which makes no distinction between photographs depicting sexual violation or assault of a child or children and illustrations showing similar scenarios.

According to the Svenska Dagbladet (SVD) newspaper, Abrahamsson petitioned parliament last autumn to amend the text of the law. She argued it should distinguish between photography and non-photographic art.

Her latest attempt to raise awareness on the issue follows DN's publication on Saturday of a reproduction of a painting by US artist Tala Madanis, whose work is currently on display at an exhibition in Malmö. The artwork shows a child in a crib surrounded by men with their genitals pointing at the child.

The newspaper's editor Peter Wolodarski defended the decision to publish the reproduction.

"I agree that Swedish law is unclear and problematic," he was quoted as saying.

"But the picture in question has nothing to do with child pornography crimes. We wouldn't have published it if we thought it broke the law."

Abrahamsson, meanwhile, wants Swedish police and prosecutors to investigate whether she has broken the law by having a copy of the paper at home.

SvD reported on Wednesday that the police had opened an investigation into the case.

Abrahamsson originally got involved in the debate when Swedish manga translator Simon Lundström was convicted of child pornography crimes because of images in his cartoon library at home.

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Lundström was eventually acquitted when Sweden's Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) looked at the case in June 2012, but the ruling still stated that illustrations can be considered in breach of child pornography laws.

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17:17 March 28, 2013 by Hisingen
Artists are trying to promote their own 'attitude' to licence with regard to child pornography, and pornography in general, saying that it is 'artistic, and not pornography. They can protest, and say what they will, but pornography is just that, whether via the camera or the paintbrush or pen. A rose by any othr name . . . .
21:45 March 28, 2013 by DavidtheNorseman
@Hisingen - very well put.
14:07 March 30, 2013 by Kronaboy
There are people suffering from poverty , drugs, EU migrants are denied their legal rights by Swedish Racist Pigs; and the only this fuc*ing racist Swedish pig can find to raise awareness of is her freedom to own pornography, FUC*ING PATHATIC.
06:59 April 7, 2013 by ShawnCullen
Attractions to the youngest teens and to certain preteens is inherent and common among people in all positions of authority. I can say that since I am the author of the 2013 Cullen Report. People can become an eye witness of the report at thecullenreport.blogspot.ca - I have proven that pedophilia is a myth and a global scandal. Subscribe and leave a comment and you can show support by emailing to scullen7@telus.net Perhaps politicians will be more caring when people stop lying about sexuality. It is a massive part of who people are as human beings. I am the world's leading authority on the realities, matters and issues and so please leave comments that are respectful.
17:22 April 8, 2013 by janeway
Maria Abrahamson is a former journalist at Svenska Dagbladet and as such she has demonstrated her total disregard of Swedish laws concerning defamation and slander. I wouldn't be surprised that she will report the police to the JO, when the investigation is dropped. A complete waste of money.

Pushing the envelope of what is considered child pornography, is just what the paedophiles want. I don't care if it's pictures, sculptures, cakes or any other art form. Depicting a child in a position of helplessness against naked and aroused men is what I consider to be child pornography.

#4.ShawnCullen: Paedophilia exists. Any time an adult engage in sexual acts with a child it's paedophilia and its rape! No myths. No lies. No global scandal. The only scandal is that authoroties ignore so many young victims and cover for the perps.
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