To see elections in Scandinavian way with your own eyes, to follow the campaign, to personally meet representatives of political parties and to evaluate the work of the press in a difficult media period - such opportunity was given to a group of journalists from different cities of the North-West of Russia by the Nordic Journalist Center and the Regional Press Institute with the financial support of the Council of Ministers of the Nordic countries.
August 29 there was held a Skype conference of Barents Press Russia board. Met Journalists from Karelia, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk got together to discussed future plans and distributed the responsibility among the regional boards.
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.