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
Arne Egil in colours
The picture is from www.nrk.no. Journalist, writer, the Chairman of Barents Press Norway Arne Egil Tønset.
We just live like that
Arne Egil tries to answer the question what Russia is like. He makes it in a warm and thoughtful way with a smashing sense of humour.
He had been studying Russian in Arkhangelsk, worked at the NRK’s Barents editorial in Vadsø, then was appointed as NRK’s correspondent in Moscow.
I think his reportages from our country, those that I could see, were penetrated by the sincere participation and huge aspiration to understand our life.
The book, in which Arne Egil reflects various sides of Russia’s reality, has the same spirit. In the introduction to the book is said that Arne Egil Tønset describes ”holidays and vodka, roads and saunas, hotels and Russian logic”, and that he tells about what Norwegians think of Russians.
I believe, Arne Egil has managed to see and understand something that we ourselves can hardly find explanation for in Russia, we just live like this.
Our reality moulded brightly and colourfully, like Arne Egil Tønset himself.
We heartily congratulate our colleague!