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May 2022: Finnish Prosecutor files appeal against Päivi Räsänen’s major free speech victory

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May 2022: Finnish Prosecutor files appeal against Päivi Räsänen’s major free speech victory

Freedom of speech has been defended in Europe but will be challenged again by the prosecution. Help us continue defending freedom of speech around the world with your gift today!

Update: After a unanimous court decision and strong recommendation by the police not to proceed with prosecution in the first place, the Finnish state prosecutor has filed her appeal to push criminal proceedings against MP and bishop into their fourth year.

Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola were unanimously dismissed of all “hate speech” charges on 30 March. The Helsinki District Court concluded that “it is not for the district court to interpret biblical concepts”.

Freedom of speech has been defended in Europe but will be challenged again by the prosecution. Help us continue defending freedom of speech around the world with your gift today!

Meet the member of Parliament who never thought she would face three criminal charges for sharing her beliefs in public.

Päivi Räsänen was shocked to learn that she was accused of “hate speech” for publicly voicing her deeply held beliefs on marriage and human sexuality.

She faced daunting trials on 24 January and 14 February for having published a pamphlet on marriage in 2004, for taking part in a discussion on a radio show in 2019, and for tweeting a picture of a bible passage.

Bishop Pohjola stood trial alongside Päivi for publishing the 2004 pamphlet.

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Update: After a unanimous court decision and strong recommendation by the police not to proceed with prosecution in the first place, the Finnish state prosecutor has filed her appeal to push criminal proceedings against MP and bishop into their fourth year.

Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola were unanimously dismissed of all “hate speech” charges on 30 March. The Helsinki District Court concluded that “it is not for the district court to interpret biblical concepts”.

Meet the member of Parliament who never thought she would face three criminal charges for sharing her beliefs in public.

Päivi Räsänen was shocked to learn that she was accused of “hate speech” for publicly voicing her deeply held beliefs on marriage and human sexuality.

She faced a daunting trial on 24 January for having published a pamphlet on marriage in 2004, for taking part in a discussion on a radio show in 2019, and for tweeting a picture of a bible passage.

Bishop Pohjola stood trial alongside Päivi for publishing the 2004 pamphlet.

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