Posts Tagged: Finnish media

Ilta-Sanomat’s message hasn’t changed in the past 30 years: Islam and refugees are a threat to Finland

Ever wondered why tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat continue to publish racist stories? When the first Somalis came to Finland in the early 1990s, the tabloid had a field day (see billboards below). Imagine headlines like “Somalis will remain in Finland,” “Somalis tricked (authorities) to get asylum,” and twenty years later, “10,000 illegal refugees will come this

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Why do the Perussuomalaiset speak in code when referring to Muslims?

Throughout the years, far-right parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* have in recent years mainly used code words to refer to Muslims. Some of the most common ones are sexual offenders, overrepresented in crime statistics, asylum seekers, and, now the latest, vieraskieli, or “people who don’t speak Finnish as their mother tongue.” One article published last

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Finland’s issues with Nazi flags and a too often biased and insensitive media of minorities

Migrant Tales published on Tuesday comments by Yaron Nadbornik, the president of the 1,100-strong Jewish Community of Helsinki, concerning the Helsinki district court’s ruling that carrying Nazi Germany flags in public was not ethnic agitation. If there is one group of people who have a lot to say about Nazi flags and the Holocaust, they

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University of Eastern Finland 14 May: Journalism in times of Covid-19: Representations of Latin America in Finnish Media

Tapahtumapäivämäärä:14.5.2021Aika:13:00–14:30Tapahtumapaikka:OnlineLisätietoja:ZoomAdd to calendar:GoogleOutlookiCal Welcome to a webinar organized by the Research Group Environment, Society and Development in Latin America (ESDLA) at the University of Eastern Finland. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, journalists have the challenging task of gathering and distributing accurate and reliable information. This task becomes more critical and demanding when journalists create international news

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Don’t give racist charlatans a megaphone

Which Finnish politicians are the country’s biggest charlatans? We all know them by name. Finland’s media has learned to pushback more than before and not give a megaphone to political con artists. It is called media responsibility. Who are these charlatans? They are the ones who always pick on the disadvantaged threatening them with a

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Mayday, Mayday! Two women and six children entering Finland

Following on and off news about the repatriation of Finnish citizens from the al-Hol refugee camp raises a lot of questions about our society. The opposition, namely the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* and National Coalition Party (NCP), are working overtime to score brownie points with the voters and fearmongering. The commotion is now stirred by the repatriation

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Finland’s tabloids are the worst when it comes to spreading bigotry and racism

Racism sells. Us and them sell. Spreading and reinforcing prejudices sells. Bigotry and racism sell. Biased journalism sells. These examples sum up pretty well how tabloids like Iltalehti and Ilta-Sanomat make money by reinforcing old hatreds and suspicions of Others. One of their latest stories on the far-right vigilante group, the Soldiers of Odin, is

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Shame on the Finnish media for stereotyping Muslim women. It’s called biased and racist journalism.

Why are Muslims, especially women, usually pictured covering their faces? Do these types of images in the media reinforce our stereotypes about Muslim women? Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s leading daily, is one representative of the media that reinforces stereotypes about Muslim women. While the article is important because it talks about forced marriages, why can’t it

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Iltalehti does it again: Spreading hatred and degrading asylum seekers

Finland’s tabloids, Iltalehti and Ilta-Sanomat, are part of the country’s racism and Islamophobia problem. Back in 2015, Ilta-Sanomat stated on a billboard that 10,000 “illegal refugees” will come to Finland. This biased and racist journalism exposes how biased and unbalanced some Finnish media is. In their ever-alarming way to boost sales, Iltalehti led a story

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The national media and far-right populism: Maintaining the myth of Finnish innocence with the pillars of exceptionalism

A good example of how the media maintains the myth of Finnish innocence and its exceptionalism is how it plays down the impact of the Perussuomalaiset* (PS) party on the country’s far-right journey. Helsingin Sanomat’s Marko Junkkari appears a lot on TV talk shows to give his opinion of current events. He recently appeared on

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Media coverage of the women and children refugees of the al-Hol camp is a low for Finnish journalism

The Finnish media should stop using a bazooka to kill an ant. Is the Finnish media fair when it reports about migrants and minorities like Muslims? Is its reporting biased and unbalanced? The Oulu sexual assault cases and the debate surrounding the al-Hol are the latest examples. Certainly, State Broadcasting Company Yle’s coverage of the

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What is better: Scoring high on the World Press Freedom Index or uncritical reporting?

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Finland will wake up too late when incompetent populist parties, their politicians and policies lead us to the doorsteps of hell just like what happened in Germany after 1933. Even if Finland ranks second in the World Press Freedom Index after Norway, how high does it score when it writes about

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The Finnish media should check their facts better when it comes to news about migrants

Migrant Tales has published a lot of stories about how the Finnish media portrays migrants and minorities in its stories. In 2015, we published a series of articles called Migrant Tales’ Hall of Fame of Poor and Sloppy Journalism. Finland has a lot of top-quality journalists. Even so, the coverage of migrants like asylum seekers

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White Finnish media story of the day*: Use words that promote inclusion and public spaces to people of color and other minorities

A headline in a Helsingin Sanomat news story about US President Donald Trump’s racist tweets to “the Squad,” four progressive women elected to congress in 2018, highlights how the media racializes non-white people in Finland. While the story uses the Finnish News Agency (STT) and AFP as sources, the copy editors at Helsingin Sanomat could

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White Finnish media story of the day: Muslims are grossly underrepresented in the media

Media studies that look into social ills like Islamophobia and racism in general in Britain offer us a view of how matters could be in Finland. With little scrutiny of institutional racism in the Finnish police, similar studies of the mainstream media still appear light-years away. A study published by The Muslim Council of Britain

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Actions of the Finnish police and Yle reveal multicultural incompetence in coverage of Oulu sexual assault cases

It is odd how little Yle takes the blame for being the facilitator of anti-immigration and anti-Muslim sentiment in regards to the sexual assault cases of Oulu. Migrant Tales documented 77 stories published between November 27 and February 13. On January 14, Yle published in one day 13 stories about the topic!  

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Oulu’s knee-jerk reaction to the sexual assault crimes will do a lot of harm to the city’s image. Blame the media, police, politicians.

The question Migrant Tales asked a while back if the City of Oulu’s decision to ban visits by asylum seekers to child care centers and schools is legal. Can you ban a single group, in this case, asylum seekers, from visiting such places? As far as how the law works in Finland, the ban should

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The wise tales of Uncle Toms and the unbalanced reporting by the Finnish media

Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, which was complicit in the early 1990s of spreading racism wholesale in Finland, hasn’t yet apologized for its reporting about groups like the Somalis. In an interview with a Kurdish Islamophobe, Sheida Sohrabi, Ilta-Sanomat signals that it will never apologize for its shoddy and one-sided reporting. 

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #42: Labeling and shaming

Migrant Tales published in 2015 a Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism that aimed at highlighting the too frequent poor reporting by the national media of our ever-growing non-white community of Finland. A story published by Iltalehti on October 27 is not only an example of shoddy journalism but one that is racist as well. 

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Exceptionalism is our greatest enemy in promoting social equality and press freedom in Finland

I used to comment mock the Swedes before for their exceptionalism. The argument is simple – Sweden is such “a perfect” society that social no-nos like racism don’t exist. The same exceptionalism that we may see in Sweden is alive and kicking in Finland, too. Exceptionalism is everywhere and you know it if you are Other.

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(Migrant Tales November 6, 2011) Kansan Uutiset: Ihmisoikeudet ohjaamaan maahanmuuttojournalismi

Migrant Tales insight: Helsingin Sanomat editor Riikka Venäläinen was quoted this week on Etelä-Suomen Sanomat as saying that the Finland’s largest daily commits mistakes when covering immigration issues.  One got the impression that even if  Helsingin Sanomat is striving to report more fairly and comprehensively the issue, Venäläinen made it sound as if it was

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The Finnish Perussuomalaiset and their poker-face-racist remarks

Why would a television station like MTV3 invite a person like Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Youth leader Sebastian Tynkkynen to a talk show about the racist and bigoted statements he’s made about Muslims and migrants? Why would a journalist, who appears to be in the dark about what racism is, treat such a politician with a degree of understanding?

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The Finnish media doesn’t care to write about asylum seekers when they try to take control of their narrative

Here’s an important question to the Finnish media: Why is it more interested to report on an event organized by far-right anti-immigration groups (see picture below) that are a flop but doesn’t care to report on demonstrations that took place Monday in Helsinki, Jämsä, Jyväskylä, Kemi, Kolari and elsewhere that attract a lot more people? Today’s “A right to live” demonstrations attracted in Helsinki alone up to 500 people.

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Human trafficking – get ready for another onslaught of xenophobia and labeling

Should we be surprised that YLE is planning another one-sided “debate” in April concerning human trafficking. The problem with this type of “debate,” like the one before that on March 2 on how asylum seekers have fueled uncertainty in Finland, is that it follows a common narrative that white Finland has of Otherness: You are a threat and a problem.

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Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Spot-On Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism has been updated throughout the year. Too many stories that appear in the Finnish media exemplify poor and sloppy journalism, especially when they cover racism and our ever-growing culturally diverse society. The editorial published below by Lahti-based Etelä-Suomen Sanomat is a rare example of spot-on journalism in

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UPDATE (December 5): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. December 5 Lähde vahvistaa: Suomessa majailee kolme kovan luokan terroristia (Iltalehti) What’s wrong with this story? Finland’s two tabloids, Iltalehti and Ilta-Sanomat, are not an example of

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UPDATE (October 14): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. October 14 Tänä vuonna Suomeen 10 000 laitonta pakolaista (Ilta-Sanomat) What is wrong with this tabloid billboard? Ilta-Sanomat, which was responsible for spreading racism against Somalis

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UPDATE (October 6): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. October 6 A2 Pakolais-ilta (YLE) What was wrong with this television debate? Even if one of the hosts on the program was Wali Hashi, it was

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UPDATE (September 21): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. September 21 Iraqis on Facebook warn compatriots against coming to Finland – (YLE in English) Why is this story an example of opinionated journalism? It’s clear that

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UPDATE (September 20): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. September 20 Nainen löi mustaa tyttöä pussissa Turussa  – (Turun Sanomat) What’s wrong with this story? Here’s a news story about a black girl sitting with her two

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Tuomas Enbuske says he doesn’t like the term Islamophobia because he considers himself to be one

Did anyone watch Friday’s Pressiklubi with writer Jari Tervo, Left Alliance MP Silvia Modig and Tuomas Enbuske? Tervo shun with his comments against racism while Enbuske was a flop.   The host, Ruben Stiller, asked all three guests if the’ve ever felt fear or uncomfortable around foreigners. See full program (in Finnish) here. Enbuske has hosted twice extremist

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UPDATE (August 30): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. August 30 Suomen Sisun jäsenmäärä räjähti – päivittää monitulkintaisena pidetyn periaateohjelmansa – (MTV3) What’s wrong with this story? Let’s begin with the headline, which claims that

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UPDATE (August 28): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. August 28 Joka seitsemäs suomalainen on rasisti – tässä tuntomerkit (Suomen Kuvalehti) What’s wrong with this story? Here’s a question to Suomen Kuvalehti: Why when speaking of immigration,

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UPDATE (August 21): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. August 20 Sarasvuo HSTV:ssä: Suomalaista kulttuuria uskallettava suojella islamilta (HSTV) What’s wrong with this story? A lot.For one, the guests who speak about Islam and refugees

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Media researcher claims Finnish politicians don’t challenge racism strongly enough because they fear losing voters

Media researcher Anu Koivunen believes that Finnish politicians don’t challenge racism because they fear losing voters, reports MTV3. Koivunen said that reaction would have been stronger in Sweden if the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Olli Immonen scandal would have happened in that neighboring country.

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UPDATE (July 22): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity please go to this link. July 22 Miksi mamulla on varaa merkkivaatteisiin? (Suomen Kuvalehti) What’s wrong with this opinion piece? While the intentions of the journalist, Sami Kuusela, are noble he falls

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UPDATE (July 4): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. July 4 Bloggaja väittää: Huhtasaari liittyi rasistiseen Facebook-ryhmään itse (Satakunnan Kansa) What’s wrong with this story? This story by Pori-based daily Satakunnan Kansa is a good example of

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PS report claims that Finnish “red-green” journalists believe that the party is racist and therefore live in a bubble

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.

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UPDATE (June 10): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. June 10 Suurlähetystö joutuu selittelemään Timo Soinia: “Ymmärretään usein väärin täällä Saksassa  (Ilta-Sanomat) What’s wrong with this story? The headline offers us an answer to the latter question

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UPDATE (May 15): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. May 15 Brittilehti: Kreikka, varo “karhumaista” Timo Soinia! (Ilta-Sanomat) What’s wrong with this story? The Finnish media has been criticized in the past for being toothless when

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UPDATE (Apr. 3): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. Apr. 3 This story was removed by Helsingin Sanomat the following day and the newspaper has apologized for publishing it. Miten kutsuisimme virolaisia? (Helsingin Sanomat) What’s wrong

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Epic failure of the Finnish media in reporting the impact of the Tapanila sexual assault case

The theory that immigration is responsible for crime, that the most recent “wave of immigration,” whatever the nationality, is less desirable than the old ones, that all newcomers should be regarded with an attitude of suspicion, is a theory that is almost as old as the colonies planted by Englishmen on the New England coast.

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UPDATE (Mar. 6): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. Mar. 6 Olli Immonen rajoittaisi somaleiden maahanmuuttoa (Verkkouutiset) What’s wrong with this story? We all know what Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Olli Immonen’s xenophobic views are about migration and especially

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UPDATE (Mar. 6): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. Mar. 6 Yli puolet nuorista on kokenut syrjintää – ongelmia eniten kouluissa (Helsingin Sanomat) What’s the missing story in this story? Migrant Tales has written before

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UPDATE (Feb. 27): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Feb. 27 Rasistinen vai ei? Oikeusoppineet arvioivat perussuomalaisten maahanmuutto-ohjelma (YLE Kioski) What’s wrong with this story? A story published by YLE Kioski asked a number of law professors

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UPDATE (Mar. 1): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Mar. 1 Surmatut ja epäilty ovat ulkomaalaistaustaisia, mutta asuneet Suomessa pitkään  (MTV3) What’s wrong with the headline? Three migrants were killed by another foreigner on Sunday in

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UPDATE (Feb. 26): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Feb. 26 Koraaninluku radiossa nosti raivon – “Sotkee nuorten päät ja vihasoppa on valmis” (Helsingin Uutiset) What’s wrong with this story? Helsingin Uutiset is a community paper

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UPDATE (Feb. 19): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Feb. 19 Soini: Perussuomalaiset ei “flirttaile” rasismin kanssa (Helsingin Sanomat) What’s wrong with this news story? The Finnish media has asked over and over again Perussuomalaiset (PS)[1]

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UPDATE (Jan. 24): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Jan. 24 Suomi ei vedä maahanmuuttajia (Helsingin Sanomat) What was left out? Today’s editorial on Helsingin Sanomat headlined, “Finland doesn’t attract migrants,” defends the country’s tightening of family

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UPDATE (Jan. 19): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Jan. 19 Perussuomalaisten Martti Mölsä: Maahanmuutosta ja kehitysavusta voi leikata kaksi miljardia (YLE) What was left out? YLE journalist Petra Ketunen was not on the ball when she

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UPDATE (Jan. 19): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  Jan. 19 Koraaninpolttajapastori ei pelkää islamisteja (Ilkka) What was left out? Why would a newspaper in the Finnish western city of Seinäjoki be interested in the Islamphobic

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UPDATE (December 5): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

How does the Finnish media give politicians that spread xenophobia and racism inflated respectability and importance? How can they  spread their prejudices and lies about immigrants and minorities without the help of the media? Migrant Tales will begin to collect stories from January 7 written by careless journalists that have been taken for a ride by such

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Will JSN react to the A-Studio program on rape convictions?

I have sent a complaint to the  Council for Mass Media in Finland (JSN) concerning the A-Studio program that gave, in my opinion, a one-sided view of a problem that has an impact on all immigrants living in Finland. A-Studio claimed that a quarter of all rape convictions in Finland during the first five months of the year

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Abagond: Kumbaya anti-racism

I dedicate Abagond’s most recent blog entry to the Finnish media. Comment:  I met a journalist from a local paper and we spoke about racism in Finland. He said that the daily had a policy of not reporting too many racism cases in the city because it would be acknowledging the problem.  The reasoning behind the

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Nipping fascism, Nazi-spirited and far-right ideology in the bud in Finland

After most of the Finnish media was taken for a long and extensive ride by the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party, Migrant Tales has warned on numerous occasions about the threat the party poses is not only to immigrants, visible minorities and Finns with international backgrounds, but to our whole society. The Helena Eronen scandal, when she wrote about sleeve emblems, is another case in point.

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Ilta-Sanomat tabloid ad (lööppi) from April 27, 1994

Migrant Tales publishes on and off Finnish tabloid ads* (lööppi in Finnish) from the 1990s. Taking into account that Finland’s immigrant population started to grow during that decade, it is easy at least through some of the main stories of tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat and Iltalehti to see how some of them reflected our xenophobic and racist views.

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The Finnish media and Länsiväylä should follow Migrant Tales

Migrant Tales was way ahead of the ball of the Finnish media when it scooped the ethnic backgrounds of the violent killing that occurred on Friday February 17 after a naturalized Finn who was born in Somalia went to his high school prom. Länsiväylä claims incorrectly that the police have now confirmed the ethnic backgrounds of the victim and the suspect, who is a white Finn.

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Finland’s ignorance of racism and fascism

One of the political dramas that Finland is suffering today is that it does not know what racism and fascism is. The Finnish media up to the April 17 election not only lost its teeth and forgot the important role it plays in defending our civil rights it helped the right-wing populist Perussuomalaiset (PS).

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Helsingin Sanomat’s mea culpa on immigration issues

Is lack of knowledge about living in a society with a small foreign population an excuse for poor and deficient coverage of Finland’s ever-growing immigrant population? The editor of Finland’s leading daily, Helsingin Sanomat, told Lahti-based Etelä-Suomen Sanomat that it has aimed to raise immigrant issues, racism and tolerance issues since society is changing and because of the political atmosphere has changed.

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Karjalainen: Rasistinen rikos on suuri häpeä

Sunnuntaiaamuinen joukkopuukkotappelu Lieksan keskustassa ei liene kenellekään enää yllätys. Rasististen vahingontekojen, uhkailujen ja uhoilujen sekä kuntapäättäjienkin rasistisiin rikoksiin syyllistyneille osoittaman ymmärryksen jälkeen voi vain sanoa, että tätähän tässä on jo odotettukin.

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A PS city councilman’s “justified” racism

Perussuomalaiset city councilman Hemmo Koskimies is a good example of how some politician have lost touch with fairness and become the leaders of social-media lynch mobs. In a blog entry headlined, “Justified racism – a nigger lives alone in a 75 m2 home,” is an example of how low a PS politician can stoop to promote hatred.

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True Finns’ Soini lashes out at the foreign media

While True Finns’ chairman Timo Soini tries to calm Finns and the outside world that “we’re not extremists, so you can sleep safely,” an eerie lull prevails in Finland as talks begin on forming a coaltion government with Kokoomus, Social Democrats and the True Finns. Soini’s most recent outbreak was with the Swedish media, whom he branded on MTV3 as “unbelievable.”

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