Sami Sillanpää is a journalist at Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He formed a lasting friendship with Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan while working as the Beijing correspondent for Helsingin Sanomat between 2003 and 2009. The UK newspaper The Guardian has also published Sillanpää’s article about Hu Jia.
2014 State Award for Public Information for Chinese Love Story
Chinese Love Story. Two dissidents, one passion and life in the shadow of China’s Secret Police (Kiinalainen rakkaustarina. Kahden toisinajattelijan elämä salaisen poliisin varjossa, WSOY 2013)