Free speech not so free in Sweden

The Swedish Security Police (SÄPO) had (and still has?) a habit of collecting and storing information about politically active citizens. Five of these took their cases to The European Court of Human Rights, which found that Sweden had indeed violated the European Convention on Human Rights, more precisely

Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life);

Article 10 (freedom of expression);

Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association);


Article 13 (right to an effective remedy).

One of the plaintiffs is an established journalist at Göteborgs-Posten, one of the largest daily newspapers in Sweden. He had written a number of articles in the paper on Nazism and on the Security Police which have attracted wide public attention. Others had been active in left-wing political parties.

This case was finalized in 2006, but continues to be newsworthy.

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