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Apr 22, 2016
The annual Barents Press conference - 2016 has started today in the city of Haparanda, Sweden. The main topic discussed is digitalization of media. A hundred of participants from four Barents areas and the hottest speeches and speakers.
 
Mar 25, 2016

A course for journalists on Svalbard, 2th – 6th of May 2016

Some say it´s difficult to understand the relation between Russia and Norway without understanding Svalbard. What is really  going on in this  islands? What is the history behind Svalbard and the Svalbard treaty?

 

Mar 23, 2016

Journalists from four countries will soon meet in the Swedish town of Haparanda. On April 21-24 it will host the Annual Meeting of Barents Press International. The themes of this year are various. But the leading one is the digitization of media. What does it mean for us? What we do we lose or acquire moving totally to the virtual and digital world?

 

Judge in Karelia reprimanded for hampering journalist’s work

Jul 13, 2010


The Qualifying Collegium of Karelia’s Supreme Court has sanctioned a judge for interfering with a reporter’s work. Last March, Judge E. Stepanova broke the law by ousting a journalist from the courtroom for using a tape recorder, and by requiring him to erase the recording.


After the incident was investigated, the head of Karelia’s Journalists’ Union received an official reply which we are publishing here in the hope that not only fellow journalists but also judges will read it:


“Dear Mr. Tsygankov,

Your April 5th complaint to the Supreme Court of Karelia about [the allegedly wrongful actions] of Judge E. I. Stepanova of the City Court of Petrozavodsk while considering a civil claim lodged by S. S. Mikhailov against the republican newspapers Moskovsky Komsomolets v Karelii and Karelskaya Guberniya in defense of his honor and dignity has been considered.

The facts cited in the complaint were checked, resulting in Judge Stepanova’s officially reprimanded by the Qualifying Collegium of the Supreme Court on June 9, 2010 for breaching the law while administering justice in a manner undermining the national judiciary’s authority.


Sincerely,
B. K. Taratunin,

Chairman, Supreme Court of Karelia
June 15, 2010".


Anatoly Tsygankov,
Glasnost Defense Foundation staff correspondent

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