Danish journalists Kjeld Hansen and Nils Mulvad now appeal he central
part of the verdict for publishing the names of pig farms infected
with the dangerous pig bacteria MRSA. We have just been given the
permission to appeal.
The verdict from May 2014 was for five daily fines of 500 DKK for both
Kjeld Hansen and Nils Mulvad. The punishment is so small that such a
verdict usually can not be appealed in Denmark.
Lawyer Tyge Trier, who proceeded the case in District Court in Aarhus,
has therefore requested the Appeals Permission Board
(Procesbevillingsnævnet) for permission to appeal the principal part
of the judgment. That was allowed in a decision of 12th September
2014. This means that the case now is appealed.
Kjeld Hansen and Nils Mulvad was indicted and sentenced because they
wrote two people on a named pig farm, Pindstoftegård in Tommerup on
the island of Funen, were found infected with MRSA bacteria. Nils
Mulvad did not specify who the two persons were, but arranged
precisely to anonymize the information in the article.
The website Aabenhedstinget published the article on 21 October 2010
with evidence that some of those infected in 12 named pig farms were
the owners of the farms. After a week Nils Mulvad in cooperation with
Kjeld Hansen anonymised the story, and it is the anonymised version of
the article, which has been on the website since October 2010 and is
Lawyer Tyge Trier proceeded in the district court for dismissal of
Kjeld Hansen and Nils Mulvad, but the judge ended up sentencing the
two that anonymity was not sufficient, and also Kjeld Hansen for the
unfinished version of the article that mistakenly was available in
good one week.
Danish Union of Journalists cover the cost of the lawyer Tyge Trier.
There is not yet set a date for the proceedings before the High Court.
Here is this story in Danish with links to relevant documentation:
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