Finnish police have announced that they are working closely with prosecutors to investigate the operations of an alternative news site, MV Lehti, which stands accused of disseminating false information and promoting hate speech.
In a statement on the national police website, police said that they suspect that several articles on the website are baseless, distortions of the truth, or that they infringe copyright.
They have received dozens of complaints about the website, and are currently investigating cases of suspected copyright infringement, libel, aggravated defamation, fundraising crimes and gambling crimes.
The investigation is being co-ordinated by Helsinki police, and has required co-operation with foreign law enforcement agencies.
The site’s founder, Ilja Janitskin, is based in Spain.
Police are asking anyone who believes they may be a victim of crimes related to the website’s articles to contact them during May.