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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.
BPI board meeting in Levy
In Levy (Finland) on 30 October there took place a regular board meeting of Barents Press International. The crucial point was: the annual meeting of Barents Press International in 2011.
Participants discussed important Russian Barents Press issues: BPI Web-site financial support, funding of which has already finished at the end of October, new project of international Barents Mediasphere collaboration, idea of carrying Internet seminars, so called webinars.
The sorrowful situation of Kola radio in Lovozero was also discussed – there were enough people and investment to keep the radio working, but still it doesn’t work.
National boardd of Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden presented reports concerning the previous year work and the next year projects.
It was agreed that the following annual Barents Press international meeting will take place in Levy from 5 till 8 May in 2011. The agenda and topics of the reports will be detailed, but it's already known that journalists will be taken to the gold-mine situated not far from Levy.
Olga Shcherbakova, BP board member,
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