QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Finnish media’s hidden racism

by , under Enrique Tessieri

“The fascination of the Finnish media for racist statements by politicians like Laura Huhtasaari is the real culprit behind the spread and normalization of racism in this country. If I had to give a grade to the Finnish media on how it handles stories about diversity and racism, I would give most of them a fail.”

Disagree? Just read all the racist things the media wrote about the Somalis who came to Finland in the early 1990s.

Finland’s media is not more balanced when reporting about stories on cultural diversity. That is a Halla-aho myth.

The Finnish media is more hostile than before. Politicians from mainstream parties like the National Coalition Party, Center Party, and all others contribute to the hostile environment against migrants and minorities in Finland.

Why is MTV so interested in what Laura Huhtasaari says when her minor party* is not in government and her comments are in the spirit of Hungary’s authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán? Source: MTV.

* After the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity.  One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic. 

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.