The days of MV-lehti are numbered. YLE, theFinnish Broadcasting Company, has targeted them. So have the Finnish police. The MV-lehti founder is being pursued by law enforcement, and Johan Bäckman, the leader of MV-lehti, is being hyper-scrutinized.
YLE, theFinnish Broadcasting Company, has targeted them. So have the Finnish police. The MV-lehti founder is being pursued by law enforcement, and Johan Bäckman, the leader of MV-lehti, is being hyper-scrutinized.
The MV-lehti founder is being pursued by law enforcement. Johan Bäckman, the leader of MV-lehti, is being hyper-scrutinized. Bäckman has already been PNG’d by two countries.
In my correspondence with a myriad of people involved, this much has become crystal clear: Finns hate MV-lehti and are frustrated that MV-lehti could not be shut down.
Now the police, the news, and the people are doing something. This effort by Russian intelligence, to subvert Finland, is being addressed, handled, and shutdown.
Russian intelligence will have to go back into the shadows.
ps. let the Finnish hatemail begin. Pshaw.
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The deal of the persecution and defamation of the investigative journalist Jessikka Aro at the Finnish broadcaster YLE growing. Now also suspected is a colleague at YLE have supplied information used to persecute Aro.
Read about the case Jessikka Aro My year as a pro-Russian Troll Magnet: International shaming campaign and text messages from dead father
The persecution began when Jessikka Aro first reported on Russian control activities in social media in Finland. She then hung out with a variety of false assertion of the debate as in Finnish called “lie media,” online newspaper MV Lehtinen, and dogged by Professor John Backman. Backman is now suspected including coarse defamation. The third suspect in the defamation campaign MV Lehti publisher Ilya Janitskyn.
– Of course we do not accept threats against independent journalists as they do their job. It’s embarrassing that this activity occurred. I hope that no journalist stops because of this kind of persecution , said Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Sannfinl) in a conversation in the editorial page Podd72, published on Tuesday in its entirety.
Johan Bäckman has long been a controversial figure in Finland, among other things, after having driven the Russian thing in a range of custody disputes used in the Russian propaganda. He has also been awarded the medal in Syria and supported Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine. Today, he is tied to RISI, Russian Institute of Strategic Research, which according to Yle “is considered to have links with the Russian intelligence service.”
Information on the criminal charges against YLE employee comes just a month after the Czech secret police in its annual report warned that Russian intelligence infiltrates Czech newsrooms in order to discredit and undermine confidence in the media.
At first glance, it can be seen as a catastrophic failure to embark on Jessikka Aro. She has not died down but dug further and stepped up in public and talk openly about their experiences.
The valuable information work, which reaches far beyond the borders of Finland, exposes methods, themes and approaches. The price paid in personal sacrifice to do this should not be underestimated.
Meanwhile, the long term effects disturbing. The victory is not as affectionate as it is easy to believe when there are now three suspects.
Other journalists, both in Sweden and Finland, have been intimidated. Both in how they report or they choose not to report at all on these issues.
Moreover, the focus of at least the Swedish debate has become the “attack trolls” while the other has been overlooked; who forged documents, clean debate lies, fulspel according Stasi manual, support for extremist movements, corruption, influence, the Russian state apparatus misconduct of air violations and energy impact of media attacks in the ambassador interviews. It’s all the things that interact in the Russian information war against the West.
Media dramaturgy makes it easy for one thing between people as it is graspable in a different way than when it is about how a state act and how it then affects an individual.
Add to that the growing awareness among journalists in the West that Russia uses the media infiltration method. This leads to conflict and distrust between colleagues, between the suspicious and the naive who are both in and outside newsrooms. Just what Russia seeks.
That which at the same time is a partial victory for the rule of law and individual reporters brave endurance, may very well from the other side of the chess board to be a calculated pawn to reach higher goals.