British journalists will be familiar with the phrase ‘you can’t libel the dead’, but in Sweden you actually can. In Sweden, ‘defamation of a deceased person’ is a crime punishable by fines or even prison sentences. While cases are rare, the law may soon be tested in court because the son of assassinated prime minister Olof Palme has sued the publisher of a new film for defaming his father. It could be the first film to be the subject of a court hearing in Sweden.
You can't libel the dead, except in Sweden
If Olof Palme's son has his way, Call Girl, about a 1970s sex scandal, may be the first film to be the subject of a court hearing in Sweden.
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