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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.
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.