Published On: Thu, Dec 1st, 2016

Finnish PM tries to derail press freedom, allege media persons

part-par-arp4308906-1-1-1The Media persons criticised that the Finland Prime Minister, Juha Sipila, tried to derail the press freedom by purposefully suppressing the coverage of allegations against him and his relatives. Meanwhile, the Finnish PM denounced the allegations raised against him by the media persons, asserting that he did not try to limit the freedom of the media persons. In addition, he retorted that the media houses did not give him a fair opportunity to comment on the allegations. He added that the media houses denied his personal rights bestowed on him as a citizen of Finland.

The issue started when a news website reported that the Finland PM sent personal emails to YLE, a broadcast channel, in order to block the coverage against him and his relatives. A YLE presenter also alleged that he had been blocked from commenting the issue in a weekly program. Similar allegations were made by other journalists working in the same media. Earlier, the media reported that a state-run mine illegally awarded a contract to a company owned by Juha’s relatives at the behest of the PM. As per the report, the Finnish chancellor of justice and parliament ombudsman have been ordered to investigate the issue.

The issue is expected to create a huge crisis in the Finnish political hemisphere. For the past five years, the country has been rated among the highest in the World Press Freedom index. At this moment, it is not clear whether the issue will make any concrete changes in the press freedom index.

 

Vignesh

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Finnish PM tries to derail press freedom, allege media persons