The university corrects erroneous information about professor Teivainen (updated on 21.8.2012)

The University of Helsinki has today sent a correction request to several media which have spread false information about professor Teivo Teivainen. Articles containing serious errors have spread widely, especially in Russian web newspapers.

The University of Helsinki has today sent a correction request to several media which have spread false information about professor Teivo Teivainen. Articles containing serious errors have spread widely, especially in Russian web newspapers.

The articles have falsely claimed that charges have been pressed against Professor Teivainen for blasphemy or wearing a mask in public. Some even incorrectly claim that he has been arrested.

The commotion started from two world politically themed walking tours arranged by the Museum of Modern Art, Kiasma. The tour passed by e.g. the Bank of Finland, where Teivainen talked about the Euro crisis. The tour also stopped at the Uspenski Cathedral, which belongs to the Orthodox congregation of Helsinki. In front of the cathedral, Professor Teivainen discussed the human rights situation in Russia. The cathedral was closed in accordance with its normal timetable, and Teivainen did not try to enter the cathedral, in contrast to what has been claimed in the media.

The walking tours included several vivifying pieces of performance art, one of which was held in front of the cathedral. In the performance, two masked women expressed their support for the group Pussy Riot. This performance seems to have spurred the false rumours that have spread. There has been no room for source criticism in the reporting.

A letter signed by a few persons, requesting the release of Professor Teivo Teivainen from his position, has been received by Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson.

– The letter contains several errors, and the content gives no cause for any measures. The university also wishes to defend its researchers' freedom of expression, Rector Wilhelmsson says.

Updated on 21.8.2012.

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16.8.2012
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