Modern journalistic world provides various opportunities for international cooperation. An example is the Barents Mediasphere project which, starting on February, 24th, has united journalists from Murmansk region, Karelia in Russia and north of Norway for a one-week training course in Rovaniemi and Oulu, Finland.
In Saariselkä (Finland) there took place Barents Press International Board meeting. The key poin on the agenda was the annual conference which is to be in Kirkenes (Norway) this year.
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.