Online Activities To Be Criminalized in Norway

Well, this marks the beginning of the end of social networks as we know it. What used to be a private sphere where you could talk, discuss and argue with friends and other like-minded people, let out your frustrations, ask for advice, help, and so on,   is about to become the worlds most watched and controlled channel of communication. And it raises a lot of new questions; who’s gonna be the watchdog? who’ll decide what’s allowed to say or not? And what if someone posts a hateful comment from a computer somewhere in the world where these laws don’t apply? Just to mention a few things…


Hate speeches and threats on blogs and comment fields of the websites will be prosecuted with the new regulation. The proposal was prepared after the controversial “blogger case” where the Norwegian extreme blogger Eivind Berge had urged police killings on his blog.

It all happened in the aftermath of the awful terror attack against the political summer camp for young members of the Norwegian labor party in July last year. (Perhaps not the best time for making rational decisions..).

internet police badge goldThe case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and they concluded that the statements were not ’public’ statements, and therefore could not be prosecuted.

The current definition of the Penal Code is from 1902, and limited to expressions in print, such as newspapers.

Threats on the internet is considered ’public’ according to the new Penal Code, passed in 2005, but because of problems with police data systems, the law is not yet in force.

(Source: The Nordic Page)

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