How Finland’s biggest daily Helsingin Sanomat loses its teeth and watchdog role

by , under Enrique Tessieri

For the Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, Helsingin Sanomat treats the country’s largest opposition party the kid-glove treatment. Is it fear, agreement, or nativity that drives Helsingin Sanomat’s recent articles about the PS?

Over the weened, the daily published in its Kuukausiliite a big story about PS MEP Laura Huhtasaari, who is trying to make a political name for herself by becoming the next Nigel Farage of Finland.

The journalist who wrote the story, Jenni Virtanen, described the PS’ membership in the ID Group of the European Parliament in the following terms:


ID Group is at the extreme end of the right and is clearly in the opposition. The group has 72 MEPs against 705 MEPs in the whole parliament. The majority of the groups [in the European Parliament] are pro-EU. Source: Twitter

As a non-white Finn, I would have expected that the Helsingin Sanomat article would tell people like me how both candidates will continue to make life difficult for our ever-growing culturally and ethnically diverse community. Moreover, 16% of Helsinki residents speak another language other than Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue.

Why didn’t Virtanen use the term far-right in describing the ID Group? Some of the distinguished members of the ID Group include National Rally (Marine Le Pen), Lega (Matteo Salvini), and other far-right parties like FPÖ of Austria, Alternative for Germany, Danish People’s Party, the Dutch Party for Freedom, among four others including the PS.

On Monday, Helsingin Sanomat readers got another chance to see the daily’s biased journalism. Joona Aaltonen wrote the article.


Read the full story (in Finnish) here.

In the story, which looked at the main policy differences between the two leading contenders for chairperson of the PS, not a word is mentioned if Sakari Puisto and Riikka Purra in the great replacement theory and how much would they tighten immigration policy.

We know that Purra does and warned how white Finns are becoming a minority in the future. She even went as far as to state that she “could intuitionally” spot a Finn in public.

From the article, we don’t know if Purra and Puisto continue to push ethnonationalism and how much of White Finnish supremacy they believe in.

The article states that both candidates are ideologically close to Halla-aho and suggests that both are White Finnish supremacists.

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