Perussuomalaiset (PS)* thinktank Suomen Perusta believes that journalists in Finland live in a red-green bubble, reports Helsingin Sanomat. According to Marko Hamilo, who did the report, claims that support for the Greens and the left is “over-represented” among journalists when compared with the rest of the population.
“Studies made in other parts of the world show that journalists are more represented by the values of liberal and left-wing parties than the rest of the population on average,” he said. “Opinion polls made in Finland show the same tendency. Among journalists the Greens enjoy strong support when again the Perussuomalaiset is the least popular party among the media.”
Hamilo adds: “They [journalists] really believe that the Perussuomalaiset are racist. They really live in that kind of a bubble.”
Are the PS racist? This is an oversimplified claim by Hamilo but they are the only party in Finland that says pretty racist and bigoted things about migrants and minorities. They are near-constantly stressing “us” versus “them” and thereby polarizing society. If the PS didn’t say and act in such a racist manner there wouldn’t be any need for Migrant Tales.
Most of the over 2,000 stories we’ve published since 2007 are about racism in Finland and in the PS.
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One of the biggest problems facing the PS today after they got in government and have power is to wash their hands of all the racism, bigotry and insults they’ve thrown at migrants and minorities throughout the years.
Disagree? Everything they’ve said and written can be found in countless blogs and stories in the media. It’s there in print.
Another picture that the study wants to give is a common right-wing populist perception that the PS is the “misunderstood victim” of the media, which it isn’t.
In our opinion, reporting by the Finnish media about our ever-growing culturally diverse society has been so deficient that we comment about such stories regularly here.
What are the mistakes that the media makes when reporting about migrants and minorities? Here are a few:
- White sources are always used as authorities when immigrants and minorities are the topic
- Editors of Finland’s main dailies are white Finns
- Immigrant and visible minority voices are rarely if ever permitted to make their case
- We give inflated respectability and importance to racists because they mirror our attitudes
- In Finland, the stronger racism became, the more airtime it gets
- The rise of racism in our society and our coverage of it reveals how unbalanced and uncritical our media is
- When it comes to fighting racism, the media are part of the problem
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.