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Six people sentenced for online racism

Six people sentenced for online racism | Finland | Scoop.it
A court in North Karelia has found a 35-year-old man guilty of incitement against an ethnic group for comments posted on Facebook.

The man, from the eastern town of Lieksa, was sentenced to 60 days' imprisonment on Thursday. His jail time may be replaced by community service.

Five other people from Lieksa were fined for taking part in the same online group last autumn, which featured insults and violent threats aimed at immigrants. Their fines ranged between 150 and 500 euros. Charges against two others were dismissed.

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President Halonen: Racism will not remove injustice - YLE News

President Halonen: Racism will not remove injustice - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
  The President reminded Finns that the language and practice of intolerance fed unwanted phenomena.
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Halonen: Gov't must tackle economy & racism

Halonen: Gov't must tackle economy & racism | Finland | Scoop.it
President Tarja Halonen has expressed the hope that the cabinet will be able
to cope with two major problems simultaneously this autumn. She says that
along with the financial crisis, it should also ensure that racism does not
proliferate.
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Tragedy in Norway sparks heated political debate in Finland - Helsingin Sanomat

Tragedy in Norway sparks heated political debate in Finland - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it
The recent mass killing in Norway has sparked intense political debate on the proliferation of hate speech and racist rhetoric in Finland.
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Condemnation of racism turns out racist-flavoured?

Condemnation of racism turns out racist-flavoured? | Finland | Scoop.it
The True Finns Party's declaration in late May condemning racism was partially aimed at themselves, says professor of constitutional law Tuomas Ojanen of the University of Helsinki. The statement penned by MP Jussi Halla-Aho would prohibit the positive aspects of special treatment as well as racism.
“The issue here is reaching true equality between people. We’re trying to improve the conditions of people who are in a weaker position due to discrimination and put them on an equal footing with us,” Professor Ojanen says, defining positive special treatment.
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The question that exposed Timo Soini’s good-cop-bad-cop strategy on racism - Blog

 By Enrique Tessieri
The televised presidential debate on Thursday is probably one of the first times when Perussuomalaiset (PS) party chairman Timo Soini good-cop-bad-cop was uncovered to the tee. His usual response, “I don’t support racism and hate speech,” didn’t work because it was unconvincing and even had a grotesque quality.

 

Read more: http://nemoo.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/timo-soinis-good-cop-bad-cop-strategy-on-racism-uncovered-by-young-students/

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Several people detained over racist writings online

Several people detained over racist writings online | Finland | Scoop.it
Police have detained several people in Lieksa, eastern Finland, who are
suspected of incitement against an ethnic group.
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HS: Racist crimes decline this year

HS: Racist crimes decline this year | Finland | Scoop.it
Police have logged fewer racist crimes at the start of this year than in
recent years, according to the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
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Blog: The Truth about the True Finns: Jussi Niinistö: lets form paramilitary groups to attack gypsies

Blog: The Truth about the True Finns: Jussi Niinistö: lets form paramilitary groups to attack gypsies | Finland | Scoop.it
According to Niinistö's proposal would be formed following the example of extreme right-wing Jobbik party of Hungary, where said groups are known to parade in formation wearing black shirts and violent attacks on gypsy settlements...
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