Posts Tagged: Finnish media

Exceptionalism is our greatest enemy in promoting social equality and press freedom in Finland

I used to comment mock the Swedes before for their exceptionalism. The argument is simple – Sweden is such “a perfect” society that social no-nos like racism don’t exist. The same exceptionalism that we may see in Sweden is alive and kicking in Finland, too. Exceptionalism is everywhere and you know it if you are Other.

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(Migrant Tales November 6, 2011) Kansan Uutiset: Ihmisoikeudet ohjaamaan maahanmuuttojournalismi

Migrant Tales insight: Helsingin Sanomat editor Riikka Venäläinen was quoted this week on Etelä-Suomen Sanomat as saying that the Finland’s largest daily commits mistakes when covering immigration issues.  One got the impression that even if  Helsingin Sanomat is striving to report more fairly and comprehensively the issue, Venäläinen made it sound as if it was

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The Finnish media’s “fascination” of racists is a problem

Here’s a simple question: Why on earth does a newspaper like Etelä-Suomen Sanomat of Lahti even bother to publish a story about a handful of racists who demand that Finland shuts its borders to asylum seekers?

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The Finnish Perussuomalaiset and their poker-face-racist remarks

Why would a television station like MTV3 invite a person like Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Youth leader Sebastian Tynkkynen to a talk show about the racist and bigoted statements he’s made about Muslims and migrants? Why would a journalist, who appears to be in the dark about what racism is, treat such a politician with a degree of understanding?

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Ilta-Sanomat continues to publish racist stories even today

It’s disingenuous of tabloid Ilta-Sanomat to publish a story on Monday about legendary Finnish sports television commentator Raimo “Höyry” Häyrinen’s racist comments without taking a long look at itself in the mirror.

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The Finnish media doesn’t care to write about asylum seekers when they try to take control of their narrative

Here’s an important question to the Finnish media: Why is it more interested to report on an event organized by far-right anti-immigration groups (see picture below) that are a flop but doesn’t care to report on demonstrations that took place Monday in Helsinki, Jämsä, Jyväskylä, Kemi, Kolari and elsewhere that attract a lot more people? Today’s “A right to live” demonstrations attracted in Helsinki alone up to 500 people.

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How fair is the Finnish media when it reports about racism and bigotry?

What role has the media played in spreading racism and bigotry in Finland since the 1990s? If it has played a big role, has its reporting improved or got worse?  The narrative of the media, and that of politicians concerning our ever-growing culturally diverse society, has changed but it still has a lot of room

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Human trafficking – get ready for another onslaught of xenophobia and labeling

Should we be surprised that YLE is planning another one-sided “debate” in April concerning human trafficking. The problem with this type of “debate,” like the one before that on March 2 on how asylum seekers have fueled uncertainty in Finland, is that it follows a common narrative that white Finland has of Otherness: You are a threat and a problem.

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