I’ve lived and worked in countries like Colombia and Argentina during the dirty war (1976-83), where people were and still are killed for what they write. Never would I have imagined that I’d receive my first death threats twenty years ago in this country, Finland. The threats and harassment haven’t stopped.
When I read about this serious problem affecting university researchers who study a social ill like racism and even journalists, I not only wonder how we have got here but how long it will take before something snaps.
Unions representing university researchers brought up the issue in mid-February, stating that threats to their members at the University of Eastern Finland have been on the rise. A new story on MTV3 today reveals the same problem on a much wider scale.