Free Speech Threatened; Blogger Persecuted

One of our http://ThinkertoThinker.com bloggers, named Mikko Ellila, is having his right to freedom of speech threatened by Finnish authorities. Although I cannot read Finnish, I completely support Mikko’s right to express any opinions and present any facts.

His blog is at http://mikkoellila.thinkertothinker.com/

Prodos’ May 3, 2007 blog post details the issue: http://prodos.thinkertothinker.com/

Mikkos wrote to Prodos the following:

“I am writing to you because 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 that
advocates killing Jews, atheists, homosexuals etc. …

This is a very important symbolic case, the first of its kind in
Finland. Noone has ever been interrogated before in this country for
blog posts criticising Islam. Probably thousands of people will befollowingthis case already before I will visit the police station for the interrogation next Monday, because I have told about the
ongoing police investigation to several other bloggers whose pages
get thousands of visitors per day.”

Some action that you can take on behalf of freedom of speech and Mikkos Ellila, action that blogger Baron Bodisseyrecommends, includes:

Contact the Finnish authorities. The Finnish embassy has a handy US map with state-by-state contact information here: http://www.finland.org/en/

Here’s the main contact info for their embassy in Washington:

Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20008
U.S.A

Tel. +1-202-298 5800
Fax: +1-202-298 6030
E-mail: sanomat.was@formin.fi
Homepage: www.finland.org

Per Baron Bodissey: “Don’t be shy: remind the Finnish authorities how highly-regarded free speech is in their country. It seems that they may have forgotten that.”

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2 thoughts on “Free Speech Threatened; Blogger Persecuted

  1. Walter Haxton

    You have quite a battle before you to maintain your freedom. It is shrinking all around the world. Everybody out there should expect this kind of treatment and be prepared for it. I think that the best defense is to keep speaking. Remember that the police are people too. They are perfectly capable of agreeing with you. They might not be able to say anything about it but don’t automatically count them as enemies. Teach them as they interrogate you. It will be helpful to have friends in jail if it comes to that.
    Remember if you are in there there are people that will rally to your cause.
    We deal is ideas. Remember that they can’t stop you from doing your work by locking you up.
    Yours, Walter Haxton

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