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
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.