Morning Headlines: Wednesday 13th June 2018

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Journalist Harassment Trial Begins

The trial begins today in Helsinki District Court of two right wing agitators, accused of harassment of a journalist. Ilja Janitskin, the founder of MV-Lehti right wing website;  Johan Bäckman, a pro-Kremlin propagandist, and a third person are charged with a systematic campaign of persecution against Jessikka Aro, a journalist at state-funded broadcaster YLE. Aro is seeking more than €100,000 compensation for the abuse she says was targeted against her by the accused.

Risk Of Baltic Incident Increases: Border Guard Chief

The new head of the Finnish Border Guard says there’s been an increased risk of a major incident in the Baltic Sea. Speaking to Lännen Media, Ilkka Laitinen says recent discussions about threats to Finland have put the eastern border and hybrid warfare at the top of the threat assessment list. But he would also put the risk of a major disaster in the Baltic Sea in the same category. The number of near-miss situations involving shipping in the Baltic Sea is a worrying development, according to Laitinen.

President Opens Climate Summit

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö is opening the Helsinki Climate Summit. The meeting will discuss how Finland and Europe could curb climate change more swiftly than ever. The summit is organised by Sitra and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and more than 500 people are expected to attend. One of the keynote speakers is the chairman of the Paris Climate Summit, former Prime Minister of France Laurent Fabius.

Police Dog Missing In Action

Police in Jyväskylä are on the look out for one of their own. A police dog called Camo went missing during the night shift, while he was outside enjoying some evening exercise. Camo is a Malinois breed – also known as a Belgian Shepherd. Police say if you spot Camo, don’t try to catch him or touch him, but to call the local police station and report a sighting.

Wednesday Morning Weather

It’s a brighter start to the morning in the capital city region and south west of Finland according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. Cloud covers much of central Finland but there will still be sunshine peeking through the clouds. Up in the north, expect rain around Kemi, and partly cloudy conditions through Lapland as well.

Finnish Meteorological Institute forecast for Wednesday morning 13th June 2018 / Credit: FMI