The year 2018 saw courts handing down convictions for abusive online attacks and campaigns against journalists.
Following a four-year hate campaign directed at investigative reporter Jessikka Aro, two pro-Kremlin activists were handed prison terms by a Finnish court and ordered to pay 90,000 euros in damages.
A recent survey indicates that the level of online harassment of journalists in Finland is unprecedented. And in recent years the number of incidents originating from both far-right and anti-racist groups had increased.
Finnish photojournalist Markus Pentikäinen has been granted an appeal hearing relating to the violation of his freedom of expression. Pentikäinen’s was convicted in Finland for allegedly defying police orders when they attempted to clear a demonstration against the Asia-Europe Meeting in 2006.
Photojournalist Markus Pentikäinen was convicted in Finland for allegedly defying police orders when they attempted to clear a demonstration that he was reporting on in 2006. Pentikäinen took Finland to the ECHR for breaching Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, covering the right to freedom of expression.
Finland’s Supreme Court denies reporter’s appeal over conviction for ignoring police order to stop filming demonstration.
The European Federation of Journalist (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), protests against proposals for draft legislation which would compel journalists to reveal their sources in certain criminal cases.
(IFJ/IFEX) – 5 May 2009 – The International Federation of Journalists and its regional group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), today condemned the decision of the Helsinki Court of Appeal in Finland against a photographer who took pictures of a protest demonstration during the Asia-Europe trade summit meeting in Helsinki on September 9, 2006. […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is an IFJ media release: IFJ Condemns Court Decision against Photographer in Finland The International Federation of Journalists and its regional group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), today condemned a recent court decision in Finland against a staff photographer who took pictures during the “Smash ASEM” demonstration during the Asia […]
(IPI/IFEX) – The following is an IPI press release: IPI Condemns Trial of Finnish Photojournalist Markus Pentikäinen Vienna, 25 October 2007 – The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 120 countries, strongly condemns the arrest, detention and subsequent trial of Finnish photographer Markus Pentikäinen. According […]
(IPI/IFEX) – The following is an 18 November 2004 IPI press release: Vienna, 18 November 2004 IPI Applauds ECtHR, Says CoE Countries Must Follow Rulings In two recent decisions involving the Finnish government, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) reaffirmed the fundamental principle of press freedom and the right of the media to report […]
(RSF/IFEX) – In a letter to Speaker of Parliament Riitta Vosukainen, RSF has expressed its “surprise and concern” regarding journalist Jarkko Sipilae’s denial of access to this institution, under the pretext that he allegedly revealed “confidential” information. The organisation asked for an explanation of the matter, recalling that Article 10 of the European Convention on […]