Friday, 23 September 2011

Swedish Double Standard!

Chancellor of Justice Reprimands Civil Servant for Making Comments on Islam
 "There are no indications that the employee has suffered a drop in pay or any disadvantageous consequences from the move,” read the statement from the Swedish Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern – JK).

The man, a non-political appointee, shared his opinion on Islam on his blog in September 2008 when he commented on an article by writer Lena Andersson in which she warned against the "religious terrorism" directed at artists, writers and journalists.
The civil servant's own commentary on the article was that "Islam is like Communism or Nazism. There are no good practitioners - just confused or evil."
The case received a lot of media attention and the ministry felt obliged to clarify that the opinions expressed on the blog was the man's own and were not in any way reflecting those of the minsitry. 
The Minister for Integration, Nyamko Sabuni, told the Expressen daily at the time, "I strongly disagree with these views and there is of course no truth in them".
A written statement from Christer Hallerby, Sabuni's state secretary, later confirmed that he and the staff member had agreed that as the discussion had arisen it was made clear that the man could no longer represent the department "in the same way as before." 

Yet (Sweden) Lets Newspaper Off the Hook for Slanderous Comments against Israel Defence Force

Sweden's Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz has ruled that the Aftonbladet newspaper will not face a probe over an article accusing the IDF of organ trafficking, the TT news agency reported Saturday. ...

The Aftonbladet newspaper published an article in August, without presenting supporting evidence, accusing Israeli soldiers of stealing organs from the corpses of Palestinians.

The publication has provoked strong reactions in Israel, prompting several Israeli ministers to urge the Swedish government to distance itself from the article.

However, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt rejected the calls, citing freedom of expression.

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