Defining white Finnish privilege #36: Hate speech and censorship

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Let’s be honest and expose one of the biggest lies concerning hate speech and censorship that always pops up at interviews like the one Thursday MTV with (the old) Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo and the editor of the party’s magazine, Matias Turkkila. 

Both claim that people aren’t allowed to express themselves freely when it comes to cultural diversity because they don’t want to be named racists. Before I respond to this false claim, let’s see who are Slunga-Poutsalo and Turkkila.

Slunga-Poutsalo is one of the persons who signed the Nuiva manifesto in 2010, an anti-immigration proposal to keep Finland white and how to disenfranchise migrants and minorities. She called asylum seekers in 2015 “economic migrants” and “social welfare shoppers.”

Turkkila is an old ally of Jussi Halla-aho, who was convicted of hate speech in 2012 and caused the PS to implode after he was elected chairman in June.

Turkkila is also one of the founders of Hommaforum, a racist platform where its members, usually anonymously, make racist comments. Hommaforum could be described as a racist peep show where racism is the erotic attraction.

Both Slunga-Poutsalo and Turkkila had the opportunity in MTV to spread once again a lie that “common Finns” cannot say what they think about immigration.


Watch the full interview (in Finnish) here.

The affirmation is, as we know, one of the biggest lies spread by anti-immigration politicians. On many occasions, the person making such a claim said right after it something racist and bigoted.

Finnish white privilege #36

Let’s make one matter clear: Free speech doesn’t mean that you can say anything you want anywhere you please. Can you go into a crowded hall and alarm falsely at the top of your voice that there is a fire and claim it is free speech?

Certainly not.

Can you spread terror and hatred?

That’s a dodgier question and sheds light on the laws concerning hate speech.

Citing Teuvo Hakkarainen’s conviction for ethnic agitation  this year, Turkkila said it was ok for people to express their racism in certain circumstances.

Hakkarainen, who is the PS’ second vice president, got charged after he wrote on his Facebook wall last year after the Nice killings the following: “We’ve got to stop pussyfooting. Muslims out of this country! Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims. We shouldn’t accept Muslims from the Middle East and Africa to our country.”

One of the lies that people like Slunga-Poutsalo and Turkkila try to reinvent over and over again is that the law on what is hate speech and censorship is unclear.

There is nothing vague about what Hakkarainen wrote never mind a long list of other PS politicians who have convictions for ethnic agitation.

With a poker face this week, PS chairman Halla-aho tried to make that very point. Let’s see what he wrote a while back that got him in hot water legally. You can judge for yourself if what he said is hate speech below. Apart from calling Muhammed a pedophile, he claimed:

“Robbing passers-by and living as parasites on tax money are culturally and possibly genetic characteristics of the Somalis.”

Any sensible person can see what is wrong with what Halla-aho wrote.

The intent of these types of racist statement is clear: I want attention and power. Hate speech is the fuel I’ll use to get them.

If you have white Finnish privilege, you can almost get away with such hate speech and argue on MTV that people who make racist statements are judged unfairly.

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* After the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity.  One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic. 

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.