Kempele, Finland, suspected rape case: Is the social media lynching party over?

by , under Enrique Tessieri

If you read stories Tuesday about a fourteen-year-old girl who was raped in Kempele by two  suspects aged 15 and 17 years, who are Afghani asylum seekers, today’s news offers a totally different twist, reports YLE News.

According to a police statement, one of the suspects has been released from police custody because he didn’t have anything to do with the alleged crime.

The 17-year-old being held by the police denies that he had raped the victim.

The police stated that comments made especially in social media “have been brisk and mostly inappropriate” and that “people cannot write whatever they wish in social media.”

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Read full story here.

The media, politicians like Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and most of the public forgot Tuesday an important lesson that is also a human right (see Articles 7, 10 and 11): We are innocent till proven guilty by an independent and impartial tribunal.

Will we ever learn?

 

  1. Yossie

    “The media, politicians like Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and most of the public forgot Tuesday an important lesson that is also a human right (see Articles 7, 10 and 11): We are innocent till proven guilty by an independent and impartial tribunal.”

    Have you too forgotten that too when reporting on all the “racist” facebook rumors and other cases where there is no one sentenced? I remember quite well how you were “first on the scene” to spread the myth that the Eskilstuna fires being racist crime by native swedes before any kind of investigation. Maybe you should look in to your own standards too.

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