Matti Nikki, a Finnish activist for freedom of speech, has yesterday been convicted for using parody. He criticized police-like actions by a pro-children group by creating a similar website to the group's, and the group promptly sued him.

In the court's decision, Nikki's site is summarily declared as not being parody (no reasons given), and this failure to be parody is justification for higher damages.

I gave a quote to the Effi press release about this.

Some days I wonder if the entire moral integrity of Finland is disintegrating. Basic freedoms (freedom of speech, privacy, especially) are under constant attack, while politicians (including the prime minister) are involved in a year-long election campaign financing scandal that keeps getting worse almost by the day.