Friday, February 17, 2006


A Finnish far-right populist group published the Danish cartoons on their website. After a a discussion with the police, the operator closed the site and now the police is investigating whether publishing the cartoons was against Finnish legislation.

I am fine with this. The police says they did not force the company to close the site and the company has confirmed that it was their own decision.

I heard today that now both the Finnish Prime Minister and President have officially apologised for the issue. Researcher Anna Kortelainen said really wisely today on Finnish morning television that it was a clear overreaction and a highly bigbrotherish move. She pointed out that it is like a father apologising for the pranks of the children. A relevant point mentioned in the discussion was also that by having the president and prime minister commenting the issue raises this nationalist populist group into a position in Finnish society that it has never had. We are talking of an association, not a political party or something like that.


Anonymous said...

Political parties are associations...

Tommi Laitio said...

Right... I do know all this. However I would point out that in Finnish legislation political parties (rp) have a different legal status than registered associations (ry).