Friday, 25 March 2011

JSN decision concerning Suomen Sisu

Recently I've been getting feedback about calling people Nazi for quote unquote no reason at all. People have even implied that my writings might constitute grounds to sue. There exists however a 2008 decision by the Finnish Journalistic Ethics board JSN, concering Teemu Lahtinen and Jussi Halla-Aho's Nazi club Suomen Sisu.You can find it from this here link.

For those of you who are less than familiar with legal Finnish, the decision is based on a complaint by Suomen Sisu to a magazine which claimed they are a neo-nazi group. The paper was found by board to have been in the right, as the group Suomen Sisu was under investigation from National Bureau of Investigation as one of the two named neo-nazi groups in the Helsinki area. Completely by coincidence 3 years later both mr. Halla-Aho and Lahtinen are running for MP for the same party, the True Finns. Jussi Halla-Aho is a candidate from the Helsinki constituency and he is considered a likely future MP. Teemu Lahtinen was at the time of the JSN decision the vice chairman of this neo-nazi organisation. He is a candidate in the neighboring constituency of Uusimaa.

There you see an actual legal precedent that allows me to call Halla-Aho and Lahtinen and all the other members of their little clique nazis. No reason to threaten me with law suits anymore.