A case for the press council


“I’m not going to live like this”: Jessikka Aro's fight against Russian trolls

Ep. 2

Imagine, they say: you are selling drugs, you are insane, they should cut you open and put a bullet in your head. Imagine this happening on social media, for the whole world to see. Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro has gone through all this. It started right after her first article about Russian troll factories in Finland. The Russian mafia tried to silence her with slander, lies and death threats. But she did not back away: her book "Putnin Trollit" was released in Finnish in 2019, English and German translations will be published in 2022. Eero Hyvönen (Finnish press council) and Sonja Volkmann-Schluck (German press council) examine this landmark case, its impact on the Finnish press landscape and possible ways to counter fake news and information warfare. The production is an effort of the German and Finnish press councils and was developed and produced by Roman Kern.

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