Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Reasons behind the Censorship of Finnish Media

The FDA asked our contact on the ground in Finland why would the major Finnish media censor and create a fictitious narrative about Finland and its relationship with Sweden:

 "Your question about reasons is difficult, because there are probably many reasons. Basically there are historical and economic reasons, and quite significant is political corruption.

The Sweden control over Finland until the 1850s. Even today Sweden (both small minority in Finland and "real" Sweden) has a grip on Finnish politicians, economy and the media. As far as I have heard about this hidden (censored) subject, many Finnish newspapers, political parties and so on are in one way or another dependent on Swedish economic power.

Journalists do not dare to publish anything about these subjects on Sweden and its background, Swedish political and monetary power), because they fear to be fired, claimed one source on the internet.

In a small country like Finland, politicians and big business agree on everything.

Many Finns don't know much about this subject, only the Internet has made possible to discuss about hidden Swedish power in Finland.

Swedish Peoples Party has given medals named after Axel Olof Freudenthal since 1937. Freudenthal was a swedish-minded racialist. Ilta-Sanomat newspaper published a story about him this year, after one presidential candidate had mentioned this subject  on TV.

http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Olof_Freudenthal_-mitali

This is a censored subject; I heard this only in 2000 from the Internet site "Eiry". Today some Finns know this thanks to Internet, despite censorship on TV.

I see censorship very clearly in Finland, eg Finnish newspapers have not published anything about the language committee, which was nominated in 2011. YLE (= BBC in the UK) published it only on the internet and very vaguely, not naming Ahtisaari or its aims. The Chairman of this committee is famous, Martti Ahtisaari - the press never mentions that he is swedish-minded!

- The same case for many other leading politicians, eg President Halonen and Paavo Lipponen, people don't know their close co-operation with Swedish politicians. -

Any information on this committee is only on the Internet. The aim of the language committee is to add study of the Swedish language to the Finnish pupils (and make them kind of Swedish!), although they know that the majority of the Finns oppose it. (Swedes comprise about 5 percent of Finland.)

I know that the powerful Swedish Wallenberg family through its firms advertised mandatory Swedish language in Finnish newspapers in 2001-2003.

An obvious example of censorship is Sweden's attempt to annex Northern Finland in 1915-1918. I heard this only when I bought an old Finnish magazine, Suomen Kuvalehti 3 / 1935. As far as I know Finnish TV, newspapers and magazines have never written about this historical event since 1935!

I have read many books of history and old magazines, only this issue of 1935 have mentioned Sweden's attempt to annex Northern Finland. It's shocking.

3 comments:

  1. In Finland the editor of Suomen Kuvalehti magazine Martti Backman lost his job in 1995, because his magazine revealed the fusion of the two powerful banks (KOP and SYP) prematurely, before the banks wanted it to happen.

    Martti Ahtisaari's memoirs (2011, written by Katri Merikallio and Tapani Ruokanen) do not mention the language law nor its committee. It mentions Pekka Hallberg as a musician of the president's band (!), not as the chairman of the language law committee! Pekka Hallberg was the president of the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland in 1993-2011.

    Swedish minister Mona Sahlin gave her opinion about the language law, as a only foreigner!

    A number of lies were broadcasted by Finnish media in 1999-2003, in order to promote covertly the language law.

    President Tarja Halonen ratified the language law on Sweden's National Day, 6th of June, 2003.

    Most Finns do not have any idea of these facts, because of censorship in Finnish media. Finland could be called as the country of censorship.

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  2. Strangely enough, Sweden's territorial claim over Northern Finland was never published in a Finnish newspaper. In Finland many historical facts are often censored.

    - Finnish TV channels, newspapers and magazines have to fit their news, stories and articles into political ideology of Nordic cooperation.

    Anything which does not fit into political ideology of Nordic cooperation, will be hidden from the people. I have witnessed this a number of times.

    Finnish TV channels have broadcast political propaganda as far as I can remember. The neighbouring countries of Finland have hardly ever been criticized in the media.

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  3. A hidden campaign to promote to promote Swedish language in Finland

    The campaign lasts five years, from 2007 to 2012. The opening ceremony of this campaign was held in 2007, just weeks before parliamentary election.

    TV and most newspapers have been silent on campaign.

    Over the past five years, there is perhaps just one campaign critical article, Iltalehti newspaper on February 6, 2008, a resume:
    60 000 homes have received a letter from the leader of the campaign to promote Swedish language. Not all parents are not satisfied with this forcing Swedish to children. Many of them consider English, Russian and French more essential languages. The letter is addressed to the parents of 2nd, 3rd and 4th year pupils.

    As we see, their target is Finnish children.

    Who are involved in this campaign to promote Swedish language in Finland and why they do it in secret?

    A complete list, 38 names, in Finnish: http://www.pakkoruotsi.net/svenska_nu.php

    6 of 38 names are Swedish:

    Maria Wetterstrand, politician, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Wetterstrand
    Fredrik Wetterqvist is an official from the Foreign Ministry of Sweden.

    Olle Wästberg, Swedish politician, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olle_W%C3%A4stberg
    Bo Ralph, Swedish linguist, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Ralph

    Hans Dalborg, CEO, Nordea bank, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Dalborg
    Johan Molander, Swedish ambassador to Finland.

    As we see, Swedish government interferes in Finland's internal affairs.

    The rest (32 of 38) are Finnish. The Finns are a scattered group of ex-politicians and 2nd class politicians, bosses, professors, officials and so on. Why they work for the neighbouring country in secret?

    What prevents TV and newspapers to tell the truth about this ugly campaign? Censorship.

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