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Council for Mass Media’s first verdicts of 2016

The Council for Mass Media in Finland dealt with ten complaints about good professional practice in the media at its first meeting of 2016. Three of the cases were dismissed, seven adjudicated.

The seven of the media outlets considered to have breached good professional practice are Ilta-Sanomat, Helsingin Uutiset, Aamulehti, Kouvolan Sanomat, Sisä-Suomen Lehti, Itä-Savo and MTV.

In the cases of Ilta-Sanomat and Itä-Savo, the CMM found that the papers did not make a clear enough boundary between advertising and reportage. Helsingin Uutiset had not corrected an essential factual error despite a request to do so.

Aamulehti and MTV did not cite sources they used. Kouvolan Sanomat broke the ground rules on acquiring interviews and information and protection of privacy in dealing with a presentation by an “expert by experience” as an interview. Sisä-Suomen Lehti inappropriately disclosed the religious background of a municipal appellant.

The CMM’s first meeting of the year also selected the organisation’s vice-chairpersons. Jyrki Huotari, managing editor at MTV, was selected to be the CMM’s first vice-chairperson. Freelance journalist and entrepreneur Pasi Kivioja was selected to be the second vice-chairperson. Anssi Järvinen, creative director at the marketing firm Superson and the CMM’s public representative, was chosen as third vice-chairperson.