UPDATE (Mar. 13): 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.

Mar. 13

Raiskauksia paljastuu aiempaa enemmän – joka kolmas tuomittu ulkomaalaistaustainen or Raiskauksia paljastuu aiempaa enemmän – Tapanilan joukkoraiskauksesta epäilyt vangittiin  (Helsingin Sanomat)

What’s wrong with the below? It’s been a terrible week for Finland’s leading daily Helsingin Sanomat. In reporting a rape case that took place Monday night in northern Helsinki, the police made a mistake by revealing in a statement that the five teenagers were of “immigrant backgrounds.” It is considered unethical to reveal the person’s ethnic identity if the suspect is no longer at large. Two days later Helsingin Sanomat fumbles the ball again with a story about how more rape cases are being brought to justice than before. In the original headline, they state that “every third person sentenced [for rape] is a person with immigrant background.”  That problematic headline, which victimizes all migrants, was changed. It now reads: “The suspects of the Tapanila [rape case] will be held in custody.” What do these two stories reveal about the Finnish police and Helsingin Sanomat? Biased and sloppy journalism that is more interested in reinforcing urban tales than challenging them.

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Now you see it…
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…now you don’t.

  1. D4R

    Enrique, i want to ask you that if it\s legal for some individuals make a murder threats against us Somalis in the comments sections of some of the biggest Finnish netnews in the internet……im reading some very concerning threats against us right now…like for instance…they are planning to gather a group and hund us and murder us……if you dont believe me go search for yourself……….Im a Somali origin…ands i have never ever raped a woman…now because of this news about these youngters who committed allegedly rape……are to be blamed of all Somalis….question mark………there was a news last week about a Finn who was convocted in USA molesting children……are we now to think of every Finnish men are child molesters…..question mark…..if we go by the road of blaming crimes made by indiavuals a whole group of people,,,,then thats easy to use against any group..indicluding native Finns,,,,,but thats not fair to innocent people,,,right….question mark…people forget that humans are individuals..they dont go collectively out of their way to rape or do crimes…yes there are groups ….and yes there happens crimes sometimes but…they donmt represent everyone that shares some chracteristic with them….nor should they be blamed of their wrongdoings….thats not fair……James Hirvisaari is calling us Animals now…and he\s a politician in the parliamentry….im asking what kind of massage he is trying to give to his followers by calling us animals….question mark….does he want us to be treated like animals…im surprised that a politician like him could blame us all Somalis and call us names……We Somalis are just like nay other groupd of humanbeings…..we have our goods and bad apples…..just like the native Finns do…so i hope James and the rest of PS party members or any other native Finns who hold same ignorant views like his to come in to their senses and treat people as individuasl….because honestly thats what we are. Were not here in Finland because of some grand scheme….ya we do have some bad apples…but most of us Somalis want to be at peace with Finns and abide the Finnish law and do no harm, work and pay taxes……I myself i work hard in Finland i earn my livings, i dont do crimes nor do get social benefits, i try to abide the Finnish law as much as i can,,,but i know, even i become as perfect as a humanbeing can get, …there will always be those who have negative views against me,,,those who want constantly all day everyday call me names and do me harm….i guess that is humanity by definition. i still have hope for humanity….i digress….

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