A 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.
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!