Sloppy Finnish journalism that plays into fearmongering and xenophobia

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Below, is one example of many of how media like the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) fuel racism and fear of asylum seekers in Finland. Asylum seekers and Muslims form a small part of Finland’s total immigration picture. Why do they give so much attention to them?

If the story is to look at each parties’ stand on migration, what is a woman with a niqab doing in the picture? The article calls it a burka but in fact, the woman is wearing a niqab.

By the way, how many women wear the niqab never mind the burka in Finland?

What would you call this type of reporting apart from shoddy, even opinionated journalism by YLE?

This type of reporting should not come as a surprise from the state-owned broadcaster since it has seen a lot of changes and meddling by politicians like Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and anti-immigration parties like the Perussuomalaiset.*

Read the full story (in Finnish) here.

* 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.

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