Men convicted for expressing hatred

Two cases of expressing hatred have ended in convictions and even a jail term for the men involved. Norway is cracking down on the hatred generally carried out by white Norwegian men, on the grounds it’s not covered by the country’s constitutional freedom of expression. Newspaper Aftenposten reported this week that a 60-year-old Norwegian man […]

Security boosted at mosques, court

UPDATED: Norwegian police and the public themselves were boosting security at mosques around the country, as Muslims began their most important holiday season this week. In Oslo, neighbours literally formed a ring around a local mosque after a young Norwegian man fired shots inside a mosque in suburban Bærum and also was charged with killing […]

Mosque shooting widely condemned

A young Norwegian man who fired shots inside a mosque in suburban Oslo Saturday evening was refusing to talk with police on Sunday. He’s in custody, charged with murder and attempted murder, while Prime Minister Erna Solberg joined other top politicians in condemning what’s being investigated as a terrorist attack by a right-wing extremist. “All […]

Two arrested for vandalizing July 22 memorial

Police in Tønsberg have arrested two suspects in their 20s, charged with spray-painting a swastika on the city’s memorial to victims of the deadly attacks by a right-wing extremist on July 22, 2011. The vandalism was carried out on the eighth anniversary of the attacks on Monday. “The two are arrested and charged with damaging […]

July 22 memorials ‘important as ever’

Survivors of the July 22nd attacks eight years ago gathered once again with top political leaders on Monday to remember victims and denounce extremism. After a difficult start to the day, the fight against right-wing extremists seemed more important than ever. Newspaper Tønsbergs Blad reported early Monday that one of the July 22nd memorials in Tønsberg […]

Norway sympathizes with New Zealand

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, top political colleagues and survivors of Norway’s own terrorist attacks in 2011 were quick to express sympathy and support for the people of New Zealand on Friday. Norwegian prison officials, meanwhile, discounted a claim by the man who gunned down scores of worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch that he’d been in […]

City Hall files police report after threats

Officials at the Oslo City Hall have reported a local resident to the police, several months after he caused a disturbance, threatened security guards and top city politicians, and made several racist remarks in a meeting with members of the City Council’s culture committee. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Monday that the director of the City Council’s […]

Politicians threatened at Oslo City Hall

Several top city politicians were threatened by a member of the public earlier this autumn, during a meeting of the Oslo City Council’s committee for cultural issues. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported this week that committee members from various political parties were badly frightened, while the man scaring them was ultimately allowed to just walk away. The […]

Actor claims Breivik ‘must be portrayed’

Anders Danielsen Lie, the Norwegian actor who portrays mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in the lastest film about Breivik’s terrorist attacks in 2011, had some clear thoughts on why he accepted the role. Lie thinks it would be wrong to ignore Breivik and refuse to discuss what he did on the island of Utøya seven […]

Solberg hangs on to power, for now

UPDATED: Prime Minister Erna Solberg showed at least some of the humility expected of her when she faced the Parliament’s disciplinary committee Monday evening. The committee, however, didn’t feel it received enough answers during its all-day hearing on problems and delays in improving security and preparedness for another terrorist attack in Norway. It now wants […]