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In a time where freedom of information is on decline all around the world, the Nordic states remain on top of the list over countries with the highest level of press freedom.
Hundreds of Norwegians and Russians arrived in the first week of February in the town of Kirkenes on the Russian-Norway border to see the spectacular installations, to visit unusual exhibitions and to speculate about the future of the Arctic territories at the international art festival Barents Spektakel.
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