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sweden democrats

Ekeroth sues Gothenburg newspaper for running images from "pipe film"

Published torsdag 27 februari 2014 kl 21.05
Kent Ekeroth of the Sweden Democrats told journalists shortly after the incident that he would be taking a time-out from politics. File photo: Anders Wiklund/TT.

Kent Ekeroth, a politician with the Sweden Democrats, is suing the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper for SEK 20,800 for having published pictures from the so-called "metal pipe film", according to news agency TT.

In November 2012, the tabloid Expressen revealed three leading Sweden Democratic politicians using racist and sexist jeers against several people, among them the commedian Soran Ismail, during a wet night out.

At the end of the video the three party members pick up metal pipes and behave in a threatening manner.

Several newspapers published pictures from the film, and Ekeroth, who made the film with his cell phone, has cited copyright laws and demanded to be paid.

"We have contested his demands, and he is choosing to take the matter further," Cecilia Krönlein, editor-in-chief of Göteborgs Posten tells TT.

Ekeroth's legal representative, Staffan Tesle, says that the politician will sue all of the parties who published pictures from the film without paying for them.

Previously, the newspaper Sydsvenskan paid the standard rate of SEK 3,000.

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