Minister wants stronger law against online threats

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The government wants to make it easier for courts to sentence people who insult and threaten others online.

"The way it is today, it takes quite a lot for a prosecutor to take on these cases. I want to lower the threshold. It is not the least important for children and youth that we create order in this environment," Justice Minister Beatrice Ask tells Swedish Television.

The government will ask the National Council for Crime Prevention to review the extent of the problems. According to Ask, "we need a proper mapping as a foundation for the necessary modernisation of the law".

Krister Hammarbergh, conservative Moderate MP and member of the justice committee told Radio Sweden "The old legislation might not be enough to cope with this kind of new problems."