Other releases 14/3/2013 10:55The Ilta-Sanomat liberty of speech campaign appears in the papers, in schools and internationallyThe 80th anniversary of Ilta-Sanomat was concluded with a liberty of speech campaign. Every day, a series of articles published in the paper and online told the story of one persecuted, imprisoned or killed journalist. The number of articles in the series stood at 80 when the 80th anniversary ended in February.As part of the campaign, Iltasanomat provided free-of-charge copies of the special supplement on free speech during the Newspaper at Schools week in early February. The supplement, designed for secondary school students, informed them of the dangers many journalists put themselves in for free speech. The number of copies printed was about 60,000 and the supplement was distributed to more than 800 schools, and it is also available on Iltasanomat.fi.The supplement and the project related to it is now being implemented at the international level. The BBC Academy included the project as an educational example, and UNESCO will publish articles from the series in the spring in all the official UN languages, such as Chinese and Arabic."For many years now, Finland has been the leader in global free press rankings. This means that we have an important role and responsibilities in the promotion of free speech. In many countries, free speech is not something that can be taken for granted. We are happy that our project has also garnered international attention," says editor-in-chief Kaius Niemi.The campaign was also nominated for Bonnier's Journalist Awards 2012 in the Journalistic Action of the Year group.Iltasanomat is the most well-known online brand in Finland, and the market leader in mobile services. Each week, more than 2.5 million web users read Ilta-Sanomat online.Iltasanomat is part of the Sanoma Group, a strong European group operating in diverse fields of consumer media and learning in some 20 countries.