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The number of convictions has quadrupled since 2013. Credit: TT

Rise in online hate speech convictions

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Last year there were 18 hate speech convictions in Sweden for comments made on Facebook – more than four times as many as in 2013.

According to the police's hate crime unit, most of the online abuse is targeted at Muslims, Jews, refugees and LGBT people.

People have threatened me, they want to kill me, they call me 'a Muslim whore'.

Marwa Karim, a Swedish Muslim blogger, told Swedish Radio that she no longer files police reports when she receives online abuse and threats, because she feels they are not taken seriously.

Yet Eva Sund, the police's representative for hate crime issues, insisted the police are making improvements, but that it is not always easy to pursue these cases.

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