Barents Press International Board had a meeting in Saariselkä, Finland on 7-8 November. The main issues to discuss were Barents Press Russia activity after the founder and many years leader Elena Larionova’ going away and the coming Annual Conference – 2015.
On November 27-29, 2014 in Murmansk will host the VII international festival The Northern Character. It is organized by TV company "TV-21"and Production Center "Northern Character" with the support of the Russian Ministry of culture, Government of Murmansk region, Norilsk Nickel company, the Administrative Board of Norrbotten (Sweden), the Barents Secretariat, the Center for journalism in the Nordic countries, Murmansk Union of journalists, Barents Press and others.
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.