Finland: Supreme Court overturns conviction of journalist Johanna Vehkoo

The Finnish Supreme Court decided on 11 January 2022 to acquit freelance journalist Johanna Vehkoo of defamation charges brought by former Oulu politician Junes Lokka. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its affiliate in Finland Suomen Journalistiliitto in welcoming a reassuring decision for the freedom of expression. In April 2019, Johanna Vehkoo was found guilty by the Oulu District Court of defaming former local city counselor Junes Lokka after she called him a “racist” and a “nazi clown” in a private Facebook post she published in 2016. She was ordered to pay Lokka 200 euros as damage for the…