By Enrique Tessieri
The Council for Mass Media in Finland (JSN) has exonerated Kirkko&Kaupunki after a cartoon was published on December 14 mocking a group of Perussuomalaiset (PS) party MPs telling everyone who wasn’t a Finnish heterosexual and white conservative to leave Finland. The JSN said in a statement that Ville Ranta’s cartoon was neither degrading nor insulting.
Kirkko&Kaupunki is a weekly published in Helsinki by the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland.
The decision by Finland’s watchdog organization for journalistic ethics was no surprise except to the PS, which had filed the complaint.
PS MP Anssi Joutsenlahti, one person pictured in the cartoon telling foreigners they should leave the country, wasn’t happy about the ruling. “How could they ever publish this cartoon in a periodical?” he was quoted as saying on Uusi Suomi.
JSN said that politicians are public figures and therefore must stand heavy criticism.
The JSN-PS cartoon ruling reveals the sheer ignorance of Timo Soini’s party of the role of the media in our democratic society. It is alarming that a political party in Finland wants to set limits and guidelines on what the media can publish.
A Merry Christmas to you all Finnish heterosexuals and white conservatives! We wish the rest a shitty Christmas!