The festival of documentary films and television programs "Northern Character-2015" will be held 26-28 November in Murmansk at several cultural and artistic sites involving in its orbit people of different ages, occupations and interests.
The Russian legislation on mass media is becoming tougher and more extensive. How can journalists and media work under the circumstances – this was in the focus of discussion at the seminar the Center for Defense of Rights of Journalists and Media (project Barents Press – ed.) held in Murmansk.
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” - Saint Augustine
Barents Press Sweden has with support by the Swedish Institute and the Northern County Administrative Boards in Sweden been able to travel to Kirkenes and Murmansk. The main focus was to visit and meet with Norwegian and Russian journalists working in the Barents region.
Journalism and human rights
It was the issue of the international seminar in Murmansk. More than 50 young journalists, teachers and students took part in.
Is there freedom of speech in Norway? How hard is the life of emigrants in the Northern Kingdom? These and other questions were discussed during the seminar.
Journalist and writer, Arne Egil Tønset, was a representative of Norway in the seminar. He is an expert in the field of human rights:
- In order to have freedom of speech we need a free media. This is a rule. However, it is so in theory - in practice it is not easy, even in Norway. Unfair.
Journalist and writer, Arne Egil Tønset (left) and interpreter Alexander Lizogub
Nadezhda Glevkaya, the senior lecturer of the Murmansk Humanitarian Institute:
- It was surprising, when after announcing the contest of analytical works on the topic “human-journalist rights” there were so any students, who responded. This is a crucial topic for them.
Ivan Pesczinsky, the 2nd year student department of foreign languages and journalism:
- Certainly, we know what is going on in the Russian journalism. Sometimes we lack the information of the situation in Norway. From the seminar, we may conclude, that both countries have not much differences concerning main points.
Alexander Borisov, Artic TV journalist, presented report Problems of new nazism in Murmansk.
The seminar was arranged by Barents Press Russia and Murmansk Humanitarian Institute in cooperation with the Norwaegian Helsinki Committee. The seminar will the similar issues to be held in Arkhangelsk.
Alexander Borisov, Elena Larionova (translated by Irina Bykova)
Video from the seminar you can find here
Pictures : student Ekaterina Nasirova