PLEA OF THE FINNISH PEOPLE FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DONALD J. TRUMP CONCERNING FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND POLITICAL MANHUNT OF THE FAMOUS FINNISH JOURNALIST ILJA JANITSKIN
You Excellence President of the United States
We, undersigned, wish to bring to your attention and raise concern among the American public about the political manhunt of the famous Finnish journalist Ilja JANITSKIN, the founder and the editor-in-chief of the most popular Finnish independent media, the “MV-lehti”.
The journalist and editor-in-chief Ilja Janitskin is a Finnish citizen, a son of a Russian father and Finnish mother. He is very talented, brave and an honest person and a steadfast political activist. He always follows his consciousness and demands righteousness and justice. The political position of the journalist Ilja Janitskin can be compared with your Martin Luther King. We are all very proud of him.
In August 2014, the journalist Ilja Janitskin launched the Finnish-language news site “MV-lehti”, which is read by majority of Finns and widely supported by the political right and patriotic circles. Janitskin and MV-lehti are supporting traditional conservative values, are against multiculturalism, uncontrolled migration, and politics of NATO and EU. MV-lehti has supported Your electoral campaign and promotes neutral and good relations of Finland with other countries. The Finnish mainstream media is accusing Janitskin of fake news, although Janitskin thinks, the mainstream media is fake news.
Since the establishment of “MV-lehti” in August 2014, the journalist Ilja Janitskin has become the victim of political manhunt in Finland because of his journalistic activism, his political views and demands to obey Finnish constitution and human rights. The journalist Janitskin is just too right and too popular for the Finnish establishment.
For three years now, the Finnish establishment has carried out a harsh McCarthyism witch hunt against the journalist Janitskin, his publication and everybody related to him. The major political parties of Finland demanded to close down the publication and asked the prosecutor general of Finland to prosecute Janitskin and all his journalists. Under strong political pressure, the Finnish police fabricated about 50 crime cases against him, all of them for minor violations. Until now, the police has not produced any evidence enough for prosecuting nor sentencing Janitskin. His only “crime” is his publication “MV-lehti” and the fact that it has grown too popular and influential, thus posing danger for the establishment, the EU and NATO.
Under strong political McCarthyist pressure, the Helsinki court jailed the journalist and the prosecutor demanded his extradition from Spain, where he had been living for years. Recently, on the demands of the Finnish law enforcement, the journalist was arrested and jailed in Andorra near Spain. Still, he is not prosecuted nor convicted of any crimes. He is just too right and too popular for the establishment. He is jailed because the Finnish establishment wants to “interrogate” the journalist.
We undersigned think that the journalist Ilja Janitskin has not done anything criminal. He is only a journalist and an editor-in-chief of “MV-lehti” which is now read by most Finns. He is just too right and too popular for the Finnish pro-NATO and pro-EU establishment. He has become the most famous journalist in Finland and is respected and supported by many Finns. For years, plenty of Finnish citizens have campaigned for his support, organizing pickets and meetings in various cities of Finland.
We undersigned ask you to support freedom of journalists, and to raise the Janitskin case with your meetings with the president of Finland Mr. Sauli Niinistö on 29.8.2017.