Alma Media Corporation Press release 8 October 2019
THE DISTRICT PROSECUTOR OF INLAND FINLAND HAS PRESSED CHARGES AGAINST KAI TELANNE AND VIRPI JUVONEN IN RELATION TO A SUSPECTED CASE OF EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION IN THE RECRUITMENT OF AAMULEHTI’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
The Prosecutor’s Office of Inland Finland has announced it is pressing charges against Alma Media’s President and CEO Kai Telanne and SVP, Human Resources Virpi Juvonen for suspected employment discrimination of Päivi Anttikoski in the recruitment process of Aamulehti’s Editor-in-Chief. The Prosecutor’s Office has also announced that charges will not be pressed in relation to a second suspected case.
Alma Media denies that the suspects are guilty of the crime of employment discrimination and emphasises that family ties did not affect the selection of Aamulehti’s Editor-in-Chief in any way. Alma Media takes equality very seriously, and discrimination of any kind has no place in the company.
“The Board of Directors of Alma Media Corporation has received a detailed account from the Alma Media representatives concerned. Based on the account and related discussions, the Board of Director trusts that the recruitment process was conducted properly, and that employment discrimination has not occurred. The pressing of charges has no effect on the position at Alma Media of the individuals concerned. The Board of Directors will monitor the legal process and if necessary, reassess the matter when the decision is known” says Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Elina Kukkonen, Senior Vice President, Communications, Alma Media, tel. +358 10 665 2333
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Alma Media is a media company focusing on the service business and journalistic content. The company’s best-known brands are Kauppalehti, Talouselämä, Affärsvärlden, Iltalehti, Aamulehti, Etuovi.com and Monster. Alma Media builds sustainable growth for its customers by utilising the opportunities of digitalisation, including information services, system and expert services and advertising solutions. Alma Media’s operations have expanded from Finland to the Nordic countries, the Baltics and Central Europe. Alma Media employs approximately 1,900 professionals (excluding delivery employees), of which approximately 30% work outside Finland. Alma Media’s revenue in 2018 was EUR 354.6 million. Alma Media’s share is listed on NASDAQ Helsinki. Read more at www.almamedia.com.