The Swedish parliament has changed the constitution to make it easier to prosecute Swedes who insult government officials, immigrants, LGBT’s, Muslims, and other minorities on the internet. Swedes are not protected by the changes because they are not considered to be an ethnic group and can therefore never legally become a minority.
Anders Norlén of the Moderate Party was the main individual propagating for this law. His strongest argument was the appeal to emotions fallacy.
“Today we are faced with a painful reality whereas youngsters suffer greatly from online bullying.”
He also argued that defamation on the internet can lead to great suffering/offence and that the internet needs to adapt to the rest of society. Whilst you previously needed special reasons to prosecute, now the only prerequisite is that it should be called for from a public perspective.
“These are good changes. They give somewhat better opportunities for the public prosecutor and police to take action”
“It sends a signal to people that the internet is no longer a lawless land; the sheriff is back in town”
What does this mean for Swedish Surveyor?
It would be naïve to think that the constitution was changed abruptly and without debate to protect children who get bullied. This was done unanimously by the parliament because the politicians themselves now become more protected from online critique and perhaps it could be even be used against the alternative news sites popping up due to the biased media.
The purpose of this blog is not to insult and I do not see myself as doing so, the purpose is to reveal absurdity and hypocrisy in Sweden. I have and I will continue to shed light on specific politicians, journalists, political parties and other groups and it is possible that they may feel “offended”.
I could be sued and in-effect censored but until that fateful day comes I will continue writing because I consider it a sacred duty to inform the world of the problems that exist here. Thereby, those who read Swedish Surveyor will be aware of the consequences that Swedish policies can have and if I am lucky one or two Swedes will too.
Swedish Surveyor is not solely to inform but also to pressure politicians, journalists and other public figures to take responsibility for their actions. If they are immune from critique they have no incentive to do so.
If a newspaper can utilize an extremist left-wing hacker group to expose 6200 anonymous citizens to the whole Swedish population and get away with it then I should be able to write about public figures.
In other words:
No, I will not self-censor to appease “offended” politicians, journalists, or other public figures.
A man once said:
The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reserved
Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)
Picture of Anders Norlén from the Swedish Riksdags website
Food for thought
Will Anders Norlén sue me after new year if he feels offended by this post?