European Commission vice president condemns death threats to journalists in Finland

by , under Enrique

It’s a good matter that the vice president of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, speaks out against the death threats that Swedish- and Finnish-language journalists and public figures have received recently

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Read Neelie Kroes’ blog here.

The Dutch vice president of the European Commission expressed concern about media freedom in Finland and Greece.

She writes: ”Death threats are unacceptable against anybody. But in this case [Finland], there is also a particular threat to freedom of speech, and to our cultural and linguistic diversity.”

Migrant Tales, which was linked as a source on her blog concerning death threats against journalists in Finland, is worried about the how an anti-immigration, anti-EU and anti-Swedish language minority party like the Perussuomalaiset (PS) has attacked the media and uses it to polarize society.

Occasionally the media doesn’t set clear lines between the newsroom and politicians as this blog entry reveals.

Members of the Swedish-speaking communities are not the only ones who have received death threats. Feminists, researchers and even Migrant Tales have received such threats as well. It is a sad reality of life in Finland these days.