Finnish News Editors Fined for Letter

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Two newspaper editors were fined for publishing a letter that said violence against Jews was justified and that the Holocaust was acceptable.

State Prosecutor Mika Illman said Uusimaa, a small regional newspaper, and the Kansan Uutiset left-wing paper broke the law in July by publishing the letter by Usko Takkumaki, which criticized Jews and Israel.

A regional court found the two editors guilty of inciting racial hatred. The editor of Uusimaa was fined $1,300 on Monday, and the editor of Kansan Uutiset, who had not seen the letter before it was published, was fined $500. Takkumaki also was fined $740.

“It (the letter) refers to Nazi Germany’s Holocaust and considers it as a desirable state of affairs, which clearly exceeds all limits,” Illman said.

All three denied the charges.

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