TV News must not be taken too seriously
Few Finns know that president Tarja Halonen held a speech to a Swedish audience in Aland in April 2001 in which she emphasized that the Finns should serve the Swedes in their own language. She seems to be an extreme nationalistic Swede rather than a president of Finland.
Should one people serve another? No! Peoples are equal.
Finnish president Tarja Halonen, in office from 2000 to 2012, had too close a relationship with Swedish government, and she has never spoken about this to the public. And the media has kept silent on this.
Finnish media did not tolerate any discussion of the bill. The language law bill was so rigid and swedish minded that no wonder that the elite wanted to hide it from the people. The media is still hiding the language law and related things.
In 2002 Swedish minister Mona Sahlin was the only foreigner to make a statement about the language law bill of Finland. Who has given her the power to make a statement about the bill when the Finnish people is unaware of it? Probably president Tarja Halonen, a puppet of Sweden.
President Tarja Halonen signed the language law bill into law on Sweden's National Day, June 6, 2003. Swedish government has awarded high-rank honorary decorations to many members of the language law committee.
Most Finns do not have any idea what's going on in their own country.
Helsingin Sanomat (the biggest newspaper in Finland) is notorious for its biased information and censorship. For example Helsingin Sanomat wrote practically nothing about the language law during its legislative process in 1999-2003 and ever since.
I was on the board of the Finnish Alliance during the legislative process and I saw almost complete censorship about the language law.
Finnish newspapers are dependent on Finnish political elite, neighbouring governments and even powerful banks.
Citizens are unaware of many subjects in Finland: the language law and its background, ongoing campaigns to promote Swedish language - Helsingin Sanomat has donated money for these campaigns and written little or nothing about it - .. many historical events, political appointments system and so on.
Censorship is very strict. For example I had never heard anything about Sweden's attempt to annex Northern Finland in 1915-1918 before I bought an old Finnish magazine, Suomen Kuvalehti 3 / 1935. When I put this fact to my comment on the website of Uusi Suomi magazine, it was soon removed. As far as I know Finnish TV, newspapers and magazines have never written about this historical event since 1935.
Freedom of speech is just an illusion in Finland and other Nordic countries.
Martti Ahtisaari has something to hide. He nominated the language law committee in 1999, but has never told it to the Finns. He is responsible for censorship about this law, among other politicians.
Martti Ahtisaari is the chairman of the language committee, since 2011. The media has not told anything about this committee.
Martti Ahtisaari's memoir of 2011 does not mention the language law nor its committee. The writers of the memoir seem to be silent on everything that Ahtisaari wants. Finnish media is as dishonest as always. Reviews of Ahtisaari's memoir are silent on the missing pieces of his memoir.
Mr Ahtisaari seems to be a man of hidden lawmaking. A lousy president.
Reasons behind the Censorship of Finnish Media
Scandinavian Democracy Myth: Focus on Finnish Censorship and Language Law
New York Times, an article about Finland in 2005