Daily Mail articles about the murder of Alexandra are blocked in Sweden because the killer's age is questioned.
Articles on the British newspaper Daily Mail's website regarding Monday's knife attack and murder of Alexandra Mezher at an asylum center in Mölndal, have been blocked for the Swedes. The reason is that the newspaper's lawyers do not want the articles to be read from Sweden, because they, among other things, question the suspect's age.
During Friday afternoon, many Swedes discovered that the Daily Mail articles about the murder of 22-year-old Alexandra suddenly could not be accessed from Sweden. Instead of the articles, visitors from from Sweden suddenly were met by a dubious error page, which gave rise to speculations in social media.
Many wondered if Swedish authorities were behind the censorship, especially against the background of the government last week announced plans of introducing an Internet filter to block certain websites.
However, when the Swedish news outlet Fria Tider, contacted a source at the Daily Mail, he said that the newspaper's lawyers had ordered blocking of articles for Swedish visitors. The reason is, among other things, that a number of articles are questioning the suspected perpetrator's alleged age, information that could affect the trial.
The murder suspect, Youssaf Khaliif Nuur, is a Somali who claims that he is only 15 years old, but the Daily Mail articles portrayed him as much older. As Sweden doesn't perform any age testing, paperless asylum seekers can claim almost any age.
One of the articles that was blocked also contains an interview with a Swedish policeman who openly talks about an "explosion of crime" due to the large immigration. The officer has worked as a police officer for 30 years and says that the situation in Sweden today is significantly different to how it looked in the 80s.
During the week, the Daily Mail has sent a journalist-team to Göteborg to cover the ongoing trial against the "young" Somali asylum seeker. The British newspaper has published numerous articles about the murder.
The Swedish journalist, Sara Malm, who works for Daily Mail, writes on Twitter:
- Dear Swedish MailOnline readers: some items are geo-blocked in SWE for us to be able to publish name + pictures of the suspected killer. For legal reasons.
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