"I found your blog via the Gates of Vienna, which I found by googling my name. Information concerning the case is spreading fast and will no doubt find its way in mainstream media very soon. I decided to discuss the issue in the blogosphere first and talk to the mainstream media only after they ask for an interview. The blogosphere is better than Big Media because bloggers are generally more intelligent and more honest. Mainstream media systematically lies about all issues regarding Islam. For example, the Muslims who burned ten thousand cars and dozens of buildings in France during the Ramadan riots of 2005 were described as “youth” in the media, and the slogan Sarkozy, sale juif! [Sarkozy, dirty Jew!] that the Muslims shouted repeatedly was not mentioned in mainstream media at all, or was quoted in the newspapers as “Sarkozy, fasciste!” as if the Muslims somehow opposed fascism.The main point that I have been trying to make in my blog is that the Muslims ARE fascists who want to kill Jews, atheists, homosexuals, etc.Trying to prosecute me for saying that Islam is a totalitarian ideology is like trying to sue someone for saying Hitler was a Nazi."
Sound familiar? Remember Egyptian blogger Kareem, sentenced to 4 years in jail for criticizing Islam and Mubarak? Sound like this is coming from somewhere in the Middle East? Nope! This time, it's Finnish blogger Mikko Ellilä who could be raked over the coals for his views on Islam.
"I received a letter from the municipal police department saying they want to interrogate me because of the anti-Muslim, pro-Israeli, pro-European, pro-American posts in my blog.According to the letter, I am suspected of “hate speech” merely because I have pointed out that Islam is a fascist ideology ...."According to another Finnish blogger Vasarahammer,
"Finnish penal code contains a law that criminalizes incitement against a group of people. Here’s an inadequate translation of that law (Criminal code section 11 paragraph 8) Whoever publicly distributes statements or other information that threatens or abuses some national, racial, ethnic or religious group or group of people that can be regarded as such, shall be sentenced for incitement against a group of people to pay a fine or imprisoned with maximum penalty of two years."
All of this from progressive, democratic Finland, which ranked #1 out of 168 countries (along with Iceland, Ireland and the Netherlands) in Reporters Without Borders 2006 Press Freedom Index.
If it can happen there, it can happen here. Gates of Vienna also has an interesting post regarding the recently passed "Hate Crimes" bill, that could have serious consequences in this country.
To help Mikko you can write or email the Finnish Deputy Chief of Mission in D.C., Mrs. Anne Lammila, firstname.lastname@example.org 202-298-5803. I just emailed.
Gates of Vienna: Finland Cracks Down has most of the up to date information regarding Mikko.