Finland: Three Journalists On Trial For Publishing State Secrets

By H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

August 26, 2022

HELSINKI — Three journalists from Finland’s largest newspaper went on trial on Thursday after being charged with publishing classified intelligence.

According to prosecutors, two Helsingin Sanomat journalists and their editor disclosed state intelligence secrets in a report entitled “Finland’s Most Secret Place” published in 2017.  It is alleged that the report disclosed general locations and duties of a national defense force intelligence unit. 

The report was published during a time when lawmakers were looking to expand government power to monitor private data in digital networks.  Prosecutors allege that this published report broke the law.  All three defendants profess their innocence and defend the right to the freedom of the press.