Statements on Blogs Will be Punishable in Norway

Eivind Berge had been arrested after he made death threats against policemen on his blog.

The regulation has been sent out for consultation after blogger Eivind Berge, who promoted killing of police officers, was released in July.

– The purpose is to enable the prosecution of expressions in the public domain when their content is illegal, regardless of the medium used to spread utterance, according to the consultation document. 

This summer blogger Eivind Berge had been arrested after he made death threats against policemen on his blog. The Supreme Court had decided, however, that the statements were made on the internet  and it does not count as public and does not fall under the definition of printed material. Thus, Berge was released. 

According to the new Penal Code, statements on the Internet is considered as public. The proposal has now been submitted for consultation, and is intended as a temporary solution until the new criminal law is introduced. 

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