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

by , under Enrique Tessieri

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 that is distributed for free to Helsinki residents. One of the unfortunate qualities of Helsingin Uutiset is that it is known for its anti-immigration stand. The story below about the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) beginning to read the Koran on air has raised a lot of opposition, which Helsingin Uutiset writes a story about based on anonymous comments on its website, some of which are hostile and Islamophobic. One comment claims that the program “mixes young people’s head and ensures a hate brew to be concocted” while another one says it promotes terrorism. The paper asks its readers to vote if they think it is a good idea to read the Koran on radio. About 80% say it’s a bad idea. Since when were anonymous comments credible? Poor opinionated journalism at its worst.   

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  1. intternetnetsi

    Forgot to add, as you said any opinion what couldnt be told by own face or in workplace isnt valid. Today you hide so your opinions arent valid.
    Or did you change your opinion? How convenient!

    Should i tell your employer what you write? Was this Mark P….ps Ill email his employer. No matter because you have nothing to hide and this is exactly what you told to commentors. You said you will contact employers and opinions behind nick are worthless.

    • Mark

      Intternetnetsi – good point actually.

      There is a reason why some editors prefer to be anonymous – standing up against racism/prejudice in Finland has in the past invited some nutters (not you of course) to send death threats. While some might say that this is the price you pay for ‘giving an opinion’ on these issues, it is no fun for the children and wives of these commentators, let alone being of course a crime under Finnish law. Enrique publishes under his own name and has been threatened several times, but at least he has the guts to do that, so you saying this blog isn’t valid is based on a false assumption – he’s not anonymous.

      As for the other editors, I think it’s fair to say that anonymity for the editors is a choice that should be respected.

      As to the commentators who post here anonymously, I think this should be respected for the same reason, though it’s clear to see that some people hide behind that anonymity to say things that are both inciting and abusive.