How tabloid Ilta-Sanomat spreads and reinforces “us” and “them” in Finland

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Migrant Tales reader* gave us the heads-up today of a story he read on tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, one of the worst of the worst when it comes to spreading prejudice about migrants and visible minorities.

A story published Tuesday about a woman who tried to smuggle her Turkish boyfriend to Finland is a case in point.

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Read full story here.

According to Ilta-Sanomat, which cites Russian news agency Ria Novosti, we don’t know if the the woman, who is being held in custody by the Russian authorities, is a Finnish citizen or a “real” Finn.

It writes: “The woman with Finnish citizenship is being held [by the authorities] in Saint Petersburg…The Russian news agency doesn’t make it clear if she’s a native or naturalized Finn.”

So? Why is it important for us to know if she is a native or naturalized Finn? Oh, yes, I get it: Naturalized Finns commit crimes – native white Finns are therefore more trustworthy.

When it comes to spreading racism in Finland, Ilta-Sanomat is one of the worst publications in Finland.

Their billboards from the 1990s speak for themselves like the one below.

This billboard from 1994 claims that Somalis conned the authorities in getting asylum in Finland.

*Thank you D4R for the heads-up!

  1. elmeri

    Naturalized?!? Is this correct word here?

    So what is this all about?

    The writer assumes, that the readers wonder, why would they go to russia, (if the woman would be a native Finn). It doesn’t make much sense, does it?But it makes better sense, if the woman is russian with a finnish citizenship.

    “I get it: Naturalized Finns commit crimes”

    No, you don’t get it. This is just your prejudice.

    I am disappointed. I naively thought you learned your lesson, but no.

    You are exaggerating. You should understand, that your blames and attacks against finnish society, press, might make some immigrants more difficult to integrate here. You are creating tensions between the native Finns and immigrants. YOU are reinforcing “us” and “them” attitude.

    You should choose your battles more wisely.

    You are so quick to always blame others about intolerance. You should be more understanding, because you fail at it so miserably yourself.

  2. elmeri

    And anohter thing. This poster from 1990 might just turn against Somalis. I believe these types of posters are circulating in racists sites, don’t YOU spread them. If you do, you should at least show, that the headline wasn’t true. Now the reader might start to wonder, did they con or not.

    Think, man think!

    • Enrique Tessieri

      elmeri, any sensible person who reads Migrant Tales understands that the billboard is racist.

    • intternetnetsi

      No sensible person would understand that billboard as racism. It just states a fact. Should they hide facts just because its about somalis? Thats racism.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Wow, Hannu is back. So you think that the Ilta-Sanomat billboard from 1994 isn’t racist. I disagree.