Racism sells. Us and them sell. Spreading and reinforcing prejudices sells. Bigotry and racism sell. Biased journalism sells. These examples sum up pretty well how tabloids like Iltalehti and Ilta-Sanomat make money by reinforcing old hatreds and suspicions of Others.
One of their latest stories on the far-right vigilante group, the Soldiers of Odin, is an example of their toxic journalism. It would be something like publishing a story about the lighter side of a Ku Klux Klan member and how they laugh and enjoy life like other “normal” USAmericans.
One of the criticisms of the Iltalehti story is that it gives credibility to the Soldiers of Odin, in the same league as the Ku Klux Klan, and whose leader and founder, Mika Ranta, admits being a neo-Nazi.
The article about the Soldiers of Odin does not put the vigilante group’s bigotry and racism in context. If I were writing such an article, I’d point out how Finland has exported racism through the Soldiers of Odin to other parts of the world.
Migrant Tales has not only pointed out in the past the shortfalls of Finnish journalism when writing about groups like Muslims, but it has also traced the roots of such stories to the 1990s and beyond.
Tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat and Iltalehti should formally apologize for all the racism and hatred they have spread about migrants and minorities.
Three racist and misleading articles by the Finnish media in 2015, 1994, and 1940. The headline on the left claims that “10,000 illegal refugees” are coming to Finland. The second one, in the middle, claims that Somali refugees got asylum by deceiving the authorities. The magazine article on the far-right argues with the help of fiction that the European white man was superior to blacks on the battlefield. Finland would have lost the Winter War because one group of blacks in the East Indies run amuck when faced with danger. Sources: Ilta-Sanomat and Suomen Kuvalehti.