As Migrant Tales and the Media Monitoring Group of Finland correctly predicted, interest in the so-called “youth gang” problem has tanked in the media and social media after the parliamentary election. Twenty-three days after and before the April 2 election, news by five media outlets (Helsingin Sanomat, Yle, MTV, Iltalehti, and Ilta-Sanomat) plummeted by 54.5% to five stories from 11, according to a Meltwater search. The most significant drop was seen on social media, diving by 87.4% to 314 posts from 2.56k.
The fall was even more pronounced for all media, sinking by 70.5% to 13 stories from 44 stories.
One can be concerned about a social problem. In Finland, the police and politicians point to a potential problem. Military dictatorships in countries like Argentina justified their outlandish methods by keeping the terrorist threat by clamping down on potential terrorists.
Hand over heart, media: Does Finland have a “youth gang” problem if such groups have an estimated 100-200 members?
The “youth gang” narrative is another shameful chapter of how the media, police, and politicians frame migrants and minorities.