Political censorship by the Russian authorities, prompted by the paper's strong advocacy of greater Finnish freedoms and even outright independence, forced Päivälehti to often temporarily suspend publication. In June 1904, a week after Governor-General Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov was assassinated by Eugen Schauman, Päivälehti published an editorial about how at the time of mid-summer, the light wins against the darkness after all. As a consequence of this, the paper was closed permanently.
In its place, the owners founded the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, only four days after the last issue of Päivälehti.
- "Juhannuksena", Päivälehti (121), 24 June 1904: 2