It’s disingenuous of tabloid Ilta-Sanomat to publish a story on Monday about legendary Finnish sports television commentator Raimo “Höyry” Häyrinen’s racist comments without taking a long look at itself in the mirror.
The story prints in full the racist comments made by Häyrinen when he talked about the black players on the Colombian and Cameroonian team during a 1990 FIFA World Cup match.
Ilta-Sanomat pulls a fast one on the reader: it publishes something racist, which some readers will appreciate, but pins the blame on the television sportscaster for making the racist comments in the first place.
Shoddy journalism at its worst.
In 1990, or during the early 1990s, Ilta-Sanomat was busy publishing its own racist stories about groups like the Somalis.
Read full story (in Finnish) here.
Below are some shameful examples of ads about Somalis published by Ilta-Sanomat in the early 1990s.
If there is a publication that owes migrants and minorities a formal apology for publishing racist stories that one is Ilta-Sanomat.
When will the tabloid offer a formal apology to migrants and minorities for what it published?
We hope soon.