A couple of months ago state news broadcaster YLE published a glowing review on ‘Palestinian’ teacher, Hanan Al Hroub, who won the Global Teacher Prize in 2016, but failed to mention that her husband of choice is a man who murdered 13 Israelis in a terrorist attack. When it comes to reporting on Finns Party politician Jussi Halla-aho (PS, MEP), Yle never fails to mention the fact that he was fined for hate speech (for a blog post specifically aimed at highlighting the court’s unequal treatment on what can be said of both ethnic and immigrant communities via social and news media).
If Timo Soini’s plan was to dominate headlines by resigning the Finns Party leadership, he has certainly achieved it. For the second day in a row, most papers led with stories about the leadership contest now underway.
The consensus was that Soini and the party elite had carefully orchestrated the announcement to give Sampo Terho, the chair of the party’s parliamentary group, the best chance of victory–and prevent a surprise win by Jussi Halla-aho, the hard-right nationalist with the hate speech conviction.