Press release, Kirkenes, Murmansk, Luleå, Oulu, September 29th 2015
On Monday 28th of September, Thomas Nilsen was fired from his position as chief editor of the online news site BarentsObserver by the owners of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, the three Northern Norwegian county administrations.
STATEMENT FROM BARENTS PRESS INTERNATIONAL, CONCERNING THE RESTRICTION OF BARENTSOBSERVERS' EDITORIAL FREEDOM
High rank Karelian officials are at law with the press
A close study of the biography of L. Kosyuk brought to light another unseemly story: working in a high school at one time, she had abused her official position by taking food products free of charge from the school canteen.
Lyudmila Kosyuk wants MKK to refute the information about her pedagogical past while staying cool about some much more serious abuses cited by the newspaper. (But the article’s author, feeling that legal claims were likely to follow, collected written evidence from the former director of the canteen of the high school Kosyuk used to work at.) The plaintiff is claiming RUR 300,000 from MKK and RUR 200,000 from S. Lysenko in moral damage compensation.
The newspaper, for its part, continues investigating the reasons for the administration’s strange attitude towards government assets being transferred to private ownership.
Victor Asanov, the chief of the economic board of Karelian governor's administration, has also submitted the claim to Petrozavodsk city court against the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets v Karelii (MKK). He has morally suffered after the newspaper published the fact concerning his private summer residence to which the power cable in cost of 170 thousand budgetary roubles had been laid at public expense.
The deputy of parliament of Karelia Victor Stepanov who once was the head of the republic named such actions of high-ranking officials of governor's administration shamelessness demanding to carryi out parliamentary hearing about the way the republican authorities dispose state property.
Glasnost Defense Foundation staff correspondent