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Police and prosecutor expand co-operation against MV Lehti

Finnish police have had several complaints about the MV Lehti website, which is accused of publishing false news and promoting hate speech. Those who think they may be the victim of crimes as a result of the website’s content are urged to contact police before the end of the month.

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The controversial MV Lehti stands accused of racist and inflammatory postings. Image: Yle

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.

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