The Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) will not take any action against Helena Eronen concerning a blog entry she published in April suggesting that immigrants should start wearing armbands to help police track down suspected criminals, according to Helsingin Sanomat. While no charges will be brought against Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP James Hirvisaari’s aide, it doesn’t mean what she did was acceptable.
Mika Illman of the OPG said that Eronen’s blog entry is protected by freedom of speech laws irrespective if it insulted some national groups.
Eronen’s blog entry, which was reported by the Russian and Swedish media, forced Hirvisaari to be suspended from the PS parliamentary group for five months after he refused to sack her.
Some Finns, especially the PS, believe that it is perfectly fine to say anything they wish about immigrants and visible minorities. Apart from revealing their ignorance, it shows as well that they are seriously challenged when it comes to social graces.
Considering that certain immigrant groups in Finland are struggling to survive in a country where unemployment for non-Finns is three-times higher than the national average, one should ask how blog entries like Eronen’s help build a better society for all those that live here.
Just because no action was taken against Eronen, it doesn’t mean what she wrote was right.
Our freedom of speech laws permit us to make a horse’s ass of ourselves in public if we wish.