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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.
Human rights and journalism. Dialogue proceeds.
Among them was association Barents Press International which was represented by the coordinator of the project Elena Larionov, a member of the Russian national board Elena Doilnitsyna and a member of the international board Tatiana Polkova.
Meeting in Joensuu
Joint projects since 2006
Barents Press has a wide experience of partner work with the Norwegian branch of the Helsinki committee in the field of spreading knowledge about human rights. The first seminar took place in Murmansk in September, 2006. Seminars-dialogues with journalists were held in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, and also in the House of human rights in Oslo. In total there were nine seminars held in which both skilled journalists, and students of faculties of journalism participated. The information on projects is in materials of our Web-site.
Now in Karelia as well
The head of educational programs of the Norwegian branch of Helsinki committee Enver Djuliman and the coordinator Elena Saenkova told about new plans of cooperation, in particular about seminars on human rights for journalists which will take place in Karelia as well.
During the meeting several actions were planned. Till the end of 2010 in Petrozavodsk there will be held a seminar-dialogue for Karelian journalists about human rights and an interregional conference for colleagues from Murmansk and Arkhangelsk areas and Karelia.
Work in all Barents-Russia will be also continued in 2011.