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Yle is helping them (on the taxpayer’s dime), supplying them with their version of the news.
Thousands of Finns see their Finnish news in Arabic –
Espoo FM for immigrants opens Finnish society, for example, the opinions of Timo Soini on abortion
With 17 volunteers, Espoo FM will translate news from Finnish Media and guide you to the government.
The Iraqi newsreader Esraa Saed sits casually on the corner of her table. In front of her is an impromptu TV: instead of using the correct automatic reader, she rolls the Word file down on a big screen.
Behind the screen is a camera that will soon send a live photo of Saed to a Facebook page (you’ll switch to another service). There are hundreds of viewers to the news broadcast.
In the next day, thousands of other users will launch the Arabic language broadcast on social media.
“We started from scratch. We had nothing, Saed says.
A Helsinki-dwelling news studio has been gradually acquired in technology. The furniture section is derived from donations, some of which were purchased by volunteers with their own money.
Espoo FM transmits six hours of live broadcast a day. We can hold discussion programmes, sports news, broadcasts of cultural theme and news.
“I feel responsible for what we choose in the news broadcast. In addition to the events of the day, we are trying to think about what our audience would know about Finnish society, Saed describes.
Among the refugees, a lot of media professionals
Esraa Saed studied the media industry in Iraq and worked as a journalist before becoming Finland in 2016.
In the same year she became acquainted with Marcus Viljandi, who speaks Arabic on the local radio in Helsinki. Saed and Vilkainen increasingly collided with media professionals who had come to Finland as asylum seekers after 2015.
“They often feel lonely because they do not understand Finnish and Finns. For example, in our programs we try to explain to the immigrants what the Finnish legislation looks like, Saed describes.
However, the programme sent once a week seemed to be too small an effort. All of the broadcasts of the Arabic-language Espoo FM were completed in January 2018.
Now Espoo FM collects more than 100 000 viewers a month from Finland and abroad.
In 2015 Finland became a 30 000 asylum seeker. Some of them left and some were left, but the number of immigrants who spoke in Arabic grew in Finland, Marcus Vilkainen describes.
– Iraq and the Middle East left a lot of people in the media sector and many of them applied for asylum because of their work. Almost all of our volunteers have been in the media industry in recent years, says Vilkainen.
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In the afternoon news broadcast, Saed is going to explain why Timo Soini’s abortion views have risen as a news topic in Finland.
News in other languages from Finland
As a bilingual country, Finland has traditionally a strong Swedish-language media. On the other hand, minority languages are available in news channels and on the platforms of a few independent publications.
The Russian news site, Yle Novosti, is the largest Russian-language media in Finland.
The website of St. Petersburg fontanka.fi (you will go to another service) will also follow the Finnish events in Russian.
News from Finland is provided by Yle News and the Helsinki Times (switch to another service) magazine. A newer English entrant is the News Now Finland (switch to another service) page.
The news also serves Finnish as a second or foreign language.
“Our news stories allow our viewers to understand what is currently being spoken in Finland.” People can feel at ease here, because we speak them in their native language, Esraa Saed says.
Espoo FM quotes Finnish mainstream media in the news: Helsingin messages, tabloid newspapers, STS and the general. In the Finnish language programme, the channel is about immigrants and their culture to the Finnish audience.
Espoo FM also meets Arabic speakers residing in Finland. The channel’s YouTube page (you’ll switch to another service) is being interviewed as a kebab restaurant as an entrepreneurial company.
According to their employees, the Arabic channel is still much more than local media.
“There are rumors and misinformation among the people. Our audience wants verified information about what is happening in Finland, and many of our programs are on a daily basis, says Esraa Saed.