Relations between Russia and Ukraine are experiencing high political tension since the return of Crimea in March 2014 to the embrace of Russia. Beside this, Moscow has supported the authorities and residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk to unilaterally declare their independence from Kyiv. The conflict appeared after the outbreak of an acute crisis in Ukraine in 2014, which led to a power change in Kyiv. The new rulers hardened their approach to the Russian-speaking population.
A new Union of Journalists for alternative – a better description would be independent – media established in Finland.
The context: The actual Union of Journalists in Finland (UJF), www.journalistiliitto.fi, , has nearly 15 000 members who work for the print media, broadcasting, publishing and new communications media. It is an independent trade union that negotiates collective bargaining agreements. It works to further the financial, social and professional standing of its members, both salaried and freelancers. The union does not belong to but cooperates with trade union confederations.
The copycat NGO has been registered officially within the Finnish Register of Associations in 2016 with the name "Suomen vapaa sana riippumaton toimittajayhdistys ry". However, this Union imitates the UJF URL address (www.journalistiliitto.com), . Vice-chair of the copycat organisation is also MV-lehti's editor-in-chief, a Finn who resided for years in occupied Donetsk and ran a propaganda media operation there. In the "About" section of the website the war in Ukraine is described as a "civil war", which is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. See the archived version of the web page here.
Twitter has suspended the account of the copycat organisation.