Like every other place the U.S. president has traveled in Europe over the last week, large protests also took place in the Finnish capitol of Helsinki on Sunday—a day ahead of a highly anticipated and much-hyped meeting with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin.
Both leaders were also greeted with a large billboard advertisement purchased by Helsingin Sanomat, the nation’s largest newspaper, which bashed the Trump and Putin as being enemies of journalism and a free press.
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“This is a statement on behalf of critical and high quality journalism,” Kaius Niemi, the paper’s editor-in-chief said in a statement. “As we welcome the presidents to the summit in Finland, we want to remind them of the importance of free press.” He added, “The media shouldn’t be the lap dog of any president or regime.”
And the newspaper further explained their position, and the problematic records of both Trump and Putin, in this video:
Already contentious, the Trump-Putin meeting comes just days after the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced on Friday the indictment of twelve Russian military officers, charging them with directly taking part in an the alleged effort by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
Meanwhile, Finns took to the streets of Helsinki on the eve of the summit to voice displeasure with both men.
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