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Swedish Freedom of the Press Ordinance, Stockholm (1812)

Source: Kongl. Maj:ts Och Riksens Stånders Faststälde Tryckfrihets-Forordning; Dat. Örebro den 16. Julii 1812. Cum Gratia & Privilegio S:æ R:æ Maj:tis. Stockholm, Tryckt i Kongl. Tryckeriet, 1812.

Swedish Freedom of the Press Ordinance, Stockholm (1812), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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The individual appointed by the Estates of the Realm [Kirkens Ständer] to succeed the Chancellor of Justice shall, in such a case, be obliged to perform the duties of his office, arrange for the printing of the legal proceedings, and participate in the deliberations of the case before the Supreme Court.

9. All cases concerning offenses against this Law shall be decided with the utmost expediency, and in all situations where questions could arise about the punishment for different crimes, they shall be treated separately. The offender, in all cases where he has not already been sentenced to death  or to life imprisonment, shall separately undergo the punishment he has incurred according to this Law.

Fines under this Law may not be converted into any other punishment than imprisonment, calculated at sixteen Riksdaler thirty-two Skillingar, equivalent to each month of imprisonment, with a month counted as twenty-eight days. Fines below the aforementioned sum correspond to fourteen days of imprisonment in the locality where the offense occurred.

10. Fines under this Law shall be equally divided between the prosecutor and the nearest institution for the poor, except in cases where fines, as stipulated above, shall solely benefit the complainant.


Further to confirm, We have ratified and confirmed this with Our Name and Seal, done in Örebro on the sixteenth day of the month of July, in the Year of Our Lord eighteen hundred and twelve.


All that is prescribed in this document, We not only accept as the fundamental law but also order and command, in Our Grace, that all those who are bound by loyalty and obedience to Us and Our Successors, as well as to the Realm, shall acknowledge, observe, follow, and obey this Freedom of the Press Ordinance. To further confirm this, We have signed and ratified it with Our Own hand, and have had Our Royal Seal affixed below, done in Örebro on the sixteenth day of the month of July in the Year after the Birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, eighteen hundred and twelve.




Ständer blifwit tilförordnad, at Justitiæ-Ombudsmannen i Embetet efterträda, ware wid sådant tilfälle pligtig, at hans Embetes skyldigheter utöfwa, föranstalta om tryckningen af Rättegångshandlingarne, samt biwista öfwerlägningarne uti målet hos Högste Domstolen.

9:o Alla mål, angående förbrytelser emot denna Lag skola, wid answar för Domare och Embetsmän, med största skyndsamhet afgöras, och wid alla tilfällen, då fråga kunde upstå om flere olika brotts bestraffning, särskildt behandlas, äfwensom den brotslige, i alla de fall, då han ej redan gjort sif saker til dödsstraff eller fästning för lifstiden, skal särskildt undergå den bestraffning, som han, enligt denna Lag, sig ådragit.

Böter efter denna Lag må ey förwandlas i annat straff än fängelse å fästning, efter beräkning af Sexton Riksdaler Tretiotwå Skillingar, såsom swarande emot hwarje månads fängelse, månaden räknad til Tjuguåtta dagar. Böter under ofwannämnde summa sware emot Fjorton dagars fängelse i orten, där förebrytelsen skedt.

10:o Böter efter denna Lag gånge til twåskiftes emellan åklagaren och närmaste inrättning för de fattige, de fall undantagne, då Böter, enligt hwad här ofwan stadgat är, målsäganden ensamt tilfalla.


Til yttermera wizo hafwe Wi detta med Wåre Namns och Insegels undersättande stadfästat och bekräftat, som skedde i Örebro den Sextonde dagen i Julii Månad, År efter Christi Börd det Ettusende Åtthundrade och på det Tolfte.


Detta alt, som föreskrifwit står, wele Wie ej allenast Sjelfwe för gällande Grundlag antaga, utan biude och befalle jemwål i Nåder, at alle de, som Oz och Wåre Efterträdare, samt Riket med huldhet, lydno och hörsamhet förbundne äro, höra denna Tryckfrihets-Förordning erkänna, iakttaga, efterlefwa och hörsamma. Til yttermera wizo hafwe Wi detta med Egen hand underskrifwit och bekräftat, samt Wårt Kongl. Insegel låtit weterligen hänga här nedanföre, som skedde i Örebro den Sextonde dagen i Julii månad Året efter Wår Herres och Frelsares Jesu Christi Börd, det Ettusende Åttahundrade och på det det Tolfte.




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