Swedish news site fined for promoting offshore gaming operators

Swedish news site fined for promoting offshore gaming operators

Monday, October 15, 2018 Posted by News Team
Sweden
Fine issued as part of ongoing crackdown on unlicensed operators

Swedish online news portal Nyheter24 has been hit with a SEK100,000 (£8,474) fine for advertising unlicensed iGaming sites to its readers.

The penalty has issued by the Swedish Administrative Court, which approved a request from the country’s gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen to penalise the site after it failed to comply with an injunction that came into force in October 2017. 

The injunction was first issued in April 2014, when the Lotteriinspektionen ordered Nyheter24 to cease linking to foreign gaming operators via its website. This was accompanied by the threat of the SEK100,000 fine should it fail to comply. 

However the injunction only came into force in October last year, after Sweden’s Supreme Administrative Court decided not to grant Nyheter24 leave to appeal. 

Just a month later, Lotteriinspektionen checked the site and found that Nyheter24 was still advertising foreign gaming sites, and applied for the penalty to be enforced. 

Nyheter24’s parent company 24 Media Network may launch an appeal against the fine. 

The injunction comes as part of the Lotteriinspektionen’s efforts to crack down on unlicensed gaming operators ahead of the country bringing new gambling regulations into force from January 2019. 

The new legislation will enforce a ban on promoting unlicensed gaming sites, something that is already in place under Section 38 of the 1994 Lottery Act.

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