According to Finnish news outlet Helsingin Sanoma.
…the court found that the aim of the defendants was to raise critical debate on the conditions in which pigs are kept in Finland. With that in mind, they had recorded material which was disadvantageous from the point of view of the owners of the piggeries.
As it had not been asserted that the recordings had been doctored in any way, the court found that selective use of camera angles could not be seen to constitute false or suggestive information.
In the view of the court, freedom of speech needs to be considered, even though the pig farms were depicted in a negative light in interviews
In other words, the videos and websites the group created were free speech, and did not qualify as “defamation” because they were accurate depictions of the cruelty of factory farms aimed to “raise critical debate.”
Hedberg was given a 20-day suspended sentence because he trespassed in order to create one of the videos.