Posts Tagged: Ilta-Sanomat

Tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat should apologize to the migrant and minority community for their racist stories

When I started my career in journalism in Finland in the mid-1980s, I was warned never to use the term huijaa, which means to cheat, scam or deceive. “Don’t ever use this term unless you want to find yourself in court for defamation,” my former colleague from Apu magazine warned. 

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Perussuomalaiset MP Leena Meri: Hiding coded bigotted statements as jokes

One matter is what happened on Friday to singer Musta Barbaari’s mother and sister when they were stopped by plainclothes police Friday, the other is a bigotted comment by an anti-immigration politician and former police officer concerning the alleged ethnic profiling case. The MP, who is a member of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, Leena Meri, said that if the singer doesn’t like living in Finland he’s welcome to go back to where he came from.

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How tabloid Ilta-Sanomat spreads and reinforces “us” and “them” in Finland

A Migrant Tales reader* gave us the heads-up today of a story he read on tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, one of the worst of the worst when it comes to spreading prejudice about migrants and visible minorities. A story published Tuesday about a woman who tried to smuggle her Turkish boyfriend to Finland is a case in point.

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Abdulah: Healing the wounds inflicted by intolerance and regaining balance

Abdulah, who has appeared in a number of postings on Migrant Tales, hasn’t yet rallied enough courage to speak without the veil of anonymity. Like many who are scorned in Finland because of their ethnic background, regaining one’s balance and healing the wounds inflicted by intolerance can be a long process. “I have learned a

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