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Satire of Norway Still Legally OK

Published onsdag 10 februari 2010 kl 18.24
Magnus Uggla singing his satirical ballad.

“Norway, Norway, should be on fire,” sang artist Magnus Uggla during Swedish Television’s yearly Sports Gala on January 18. After an irate viewer reported him to the Chancellor of Justice for a possible hate crime, this country's legal apparatus considered the possibility of charging the Swedish singer.

But, as news bureau TT reports, the Office of the Chancellor of Justice decided against it.

The Office motivated its decision by referring to Sweden’s tradition of freedom of speech, adding that “it lies in the nature of satire that its expression can be objectionable at times, something that can be required for the satire to have its intended effect.”

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