Official information
Banner
Banner

Wants ban on online statements of hate

The government wants the definition of a public area to also include the internet, so that people who publish statements of hate online can receive stricter sentences.

Public threats or statements that vilify a group or person based on things like ethnicity, religion, gender or religion are prohibited in Norway, and people can be charged and sentenced. If you publish the same statements on Facebook, however, the situation is very different.

In August this year, the Norwegian Supreme Court concluded that the internet is not a public area. Statements that had been published in e.g. newspapers, would therefore not be treated in the same way if they had been published on a blog.

The Ministry of Justice wants to to change the law, and make it possible to punish people who publish hate speech, regardless of what kind of medium has been used.

The ministry submitted a proposal Thursday where they suggest that the the definition of public space and public action should be changed, which would entail a revision of the criminal code from 1902.

The government already approved a new criminal code in 2005, where the definition of printed text was decided to also include the internet. However, this law has not been put into effect yet.

According to Pål Lønseth of the Labor Party, the delay is due to the fact that present computer systems in the police districts are not able to handle both the old criminal code and the new one in a transition period.

(Dagsavisen)

Julie Ryland


Related Articles

Bergen: Major fire in the old city

Three historic buildings in the Old City in downtown Bergen were completely destroyed by fire in the early hours of Thursday morning...Read more...

Gas and condensate discovery in the North Sea

Operator Statoil and its PL146/PL333 partner Total E&P Norge have made a gas and condensate discovery in the Julius prospect in the King Lear area in the North Sea...Read more...

Norway supports elections in Haiti

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende says Norway will provide USD 400 000 to support the implementation of elections in Haiti in the coming months...Read more...

785 migrants picked up by Norwegian vessel

The Norwegian salvage vessel "Siem Pilot" on Saturday landed 785 new migrants rescued from the Mediterranean, 27 of them small children, in the Italian harbour of Palermo on Sicily...Read more...

Norway urges Israel to stop planned relocation in West Bank

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende says Norway calls on Israel to stop the plans for forced relocation of the residents and demolition of the Palestinian village of Susiya in the West Bank...Read more...

Agreement on Norwegian grants to the EU

Norway and the EU have initialled an agreement on Norway’s contribution for a new period of the EEA and Norway Grants, with a view to reducing social and economic disparities in Europe...Read more...

July 22nd 2011 remembered

Today, Wednesday July 22nd, it is four years since 77 people were killed in the terrorist attacks on the Central Government buildings in Oslo and the Labour Party's youth camp at Utøya...Read more...

Norway condemns the terror attack in Turkey

- I condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in the city of Suruc in Turkey on Monday, says Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende. - My thoughts and deepest sympathy go to those who have lost their loved ones and to the Turkish People, Brende says...Read more...

Contracts awarded to build el link between the UK and Norway

Contracts totalling €1.5billion have been awarded to build the NSN link – the first electricity link between UK and Norway, - the world's longest interconnector...Read more...

How to stop unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean

Norway and the other coastal states to the central Arctic Ocean, - Canada, Denmark, Russia and the US, have signed a declaration on research cooperation and measures to combat unregulated fishing in the international part of the central Arctic Ocean...Read more...

Welcomes agreement on Financing for Development

- I am extremely pleased that the UN member states have agreed on a framework for financing sustainable development, says Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende. He says this is good news for the world, and particularly for the least developed countries. ..Read more...

Tall Ships Races 2015 arrive in Norway

Fifty ships and around 2500 crew from 17 different nations have arrived in the harbour city of Aalesund on the west coast of Norway, as part of the Tall Ships Race 2015, which this year started in Belfast...Read more...

- Historic agreement with Iran

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende welcomes the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, saying that this historic agreement will benefit the international community, the Middle East and Iran...Read more...

Unilateral ceasefire in Colombia welcomed

Norway welcomes the de-escalation of the conflict in Colombia. -It is crucial for the peace process that the Colombian people experience a rapid improvement in the situation,’ says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende...Read more...

More Norwegian support for education of refugees in Lebanon

Norway will provide an additional NOK 75 million for education for refugees in Lebanon. This brings Norway’s total contribution for these efforts to NOK 120 million, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende...Read more...

62 Degrees North

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/612298Web_0074_hm_567x378_72.jpg

Sea Safari

Let the adrenalin flow during our exiting sea safari in an open rapid RIB boat. Discover Ålesund from the sea. Visit seal colonies and experience puffins and eagles at the See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/979953Web_Brosundet_lighthouse_room_49.jpg

Brosundet Lighthouse

Hotel Brosundet is small and intimate with only 47 rooms. The jewel in our treasury-box is Room 47. Only a few minutes walk from the hotel lies the old and See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/489969Web_DSC_4757.jpg

Storfjord Hotel

Storfjord Hotel is a secluded luxury hotel situated in Øvre Glomset, 30 km east of Ålesund, on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Ever since it opened See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/971299Web_Kajakk_Brosundet.jpg

Kayaking in Brosundet

A surprisingly large number of Norway’s most stunning natural attractions are concentrated around 62 degrees north latitude. Our company, 62˚Nord is a local company, with the intimate local knowledge necessary See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/739979Web_640__Somerruter_Foto_RasmusKongs__re.jpg

Summer Trip

Join a tour with a comfortable sightseeing boat to the wild and majestic Hjørundfjord, with stunning views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular! The meeting between the torn See details

Local News in Brief

Social Networking

Eidsvoll 200 year
Statoil
Norges Rederiforbund

.Partners

NORGE.NO/DIFI
Bedin Front Right Top