The Institute of regional press invites journalists of Murmansk region and Karelia to participate in the seminar in the framework of the international project "Journalism – investigation" (SCOOP - Russia).
Journalists from Murmansk and Archangelsk regions and Karelia will monitor the openness of the courts, the police and the investigative committee.
Tight control over mass media persists
This year’s world index from the organization Reporters Without Borders shows that Russia remains unable to improve its bad record on press freedom.
A press release from the press freedom watchdog reads that “the country has recorded no improvement” in the field and that “the system remains as tightly controlled as ever, and impunity reigns unchallenged in cases of violence against journalists.”
The country is number 140 in the index, which is slightly better than in 2009, but still at the low end of the rating.
The index is topped by Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
A total of 178 countries are included in the study. Of the European countries, only Belarus does worse than Russia with a 154th place.