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Nov 25, 2016

The theme of the meeting: Is there a crisis in modern journalism? Time: November 26, from 10:00 to 12:00.. Admission is free, registration is not required.


The debate will be led by the famous Russian TV journalist Valery Gamza. The theme of the forum focuses on the topical issue faced by journalists both in the East and the West.

While the media space is increasingly controlled by the state and political power structures in Russia in many of the major media in the West they are reducing staff and the economic situation is getting worse. Many journalists prefer to say goodbye to the profession and go to public press-services of private companies and organizations where their main task is not to reveal but rather to veil the information.

What are the implications of these changes in independent and critical journalism? Will journalists of various media be able to counter the situation  when big politics are trying to put pressure on media and journalists stronger than ever before and the propaganda machine is again powered? Do journalists with a high level of consciousness who advocate the highest ethical standards have power to protect the independence, integrity and freedom of speech in our time?

Information in Russian is available here

Translated by Tatiana Polkova

Barents Press is a network for Finnish, Norwegian,Swedish and Russian journalists in the Barents Region, and counts as one of Europe's most successful journalistic network across country borders.

It is unique in many way; mostly because of its vast geographic coverage which includes many societies and native populations.

The initiative to the foundation of the BP association was officially taken at the Barents  ministerial in Kirkenes, January 1993. At this time, there was a kind of euphoria in which everything seemed possible. Soon, especially the Norwegians were eager to create connections towards northwestern Russia; Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.

In Saariselkä, Finland, February 18-19 1995 the descision was taken to let Barents Press be an open forum with a purpose to develop contacts and arrange seminars. The leadership function constists of an international board of two members from each country. The presidency is circulating and is parallel to the country of the chairman of the Barents ministry.

In each of the member countries, national boards are elected.

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