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Oct 14, 2014

Musical theatre of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk) and Barents Press International invite 15 journalists from the Barents region to participate in the program "School of theatre journalist" from 27 November to 1 December.

Oct 10, 2014

St. Petersburg human rights organization "Citizen Watch" and the Guild of court reporters announce first judicial School of journalism and invites journalists from North-West Russia.

Oct 6, 2014

Neighbors in 12 lenses of photographers in the North-West.

October 1, 2014 in St. Petersburg there was opened an exhibition dedicated to the memory of Elena Larionova. The exhibition is named "Neighborhood". 12 photojournalists from North-West looked at this aspect of life, each in one’s own way.

Jun 6, 2014
 

Karelian journalists nominate officials for "Gag" anti-award

Jun 9, 2010


Every year Karelian journalists honor their best-performing colleagues by giving them various prestigious awards. Also, they name the high-ranking government officials hampering the media's work.


The criteria for selecting nominees for the anti-award called "Gag" are fairly simple. Those officials who decline to comment on socially significant developments, or interfere with journalists' work, or hide behind their press services unaware that power structures must be transparent and fully open to public scrutiny, are all likely to be nominated for the anti-award.

This year's group of "Gag" nominees included Karelia's Culture and PR Minister Galina Brun; Finance Minister Sergey Mikhailov; Communal Reform Committee head Vladimir Koryagin; Construction Deputy Minister Alexander Yefimov; Chief Bailiff Yevgeny Dyogot and others. But the most frequently mentioned name was that of Anatoly Kovalenko, chief of Karelia's Consumer Rights Defense and Public Wellbeing Supervisory Service, and it was to him that the anti-award finally went based on the voting results.

When the names of the "Gag" nominees were made public, two of the agencies concerned (the Culture Ministry and the Bailiffs) called the Journalists' Union to find out why the journalists had so critically assessed their leaders' performance. That did not look like idle curiosity. Hopefully, the two high-ranking officials' names will not reappear on the list of "Gag" nominees next year.

Anatoly Tsygankov

Glasnost Defense Foundation staff correspondent

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